Alain Noudehou, UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator, on Wednesday condemned the recent violent attack on aid workers delivering polio vaccines to South Sudan’s Lakes state.
The attack that took place on February 14, 2021 at Malek in Lakes state, claimed three lives and left dozens with severe injuries.
Noudehou said the vehicle was hired by the state health authorities to transport a polio vaccination team and supplies from Rumbek Centre to Rumbek North.
He added that the motive behind the attack remains unclear.
The UN humanitarian agency demanded that those responsible for the attack be brought to justice, adding that the vehicle was carrying information, education and communication material to sensitise the population about polio vaccination, as well as polio vaccines and packs.
The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are supporting South Sudan’s Ministry of Health to respond to a polio outbreak that started in September 2020 and has affected all the states in the country.
The nation-wide vaccination campaign that started on Tuesday is the second round since the polio outbreak as reported.
All under-five children in the country are targeted in the polio vaccination campaign.
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