WHO donates 160 oxygen concentrators to boost fight against COVID-19 in South Sudan

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-03 23:44:42|Editor: huaxia

JUBA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday handed over 160 oxygen concentrators to South Sudan in a bid to boost its fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The 160 oxygen concentrators will be distributed across the country to treat patients requiring oxygen, WHO said in a statement issued on Friday in Juba.

It said that supplemental oxygen is the first essential step for the treatment of severe COVID-19 patients with low blood oxygen levels and should be a primary focus for treatment in countries like South Sudan.

"We are grateful to receive the best type of oxygen concentrators," said Mayen Machut Achiek, undersecretary at the ministry of health.

"The 160 oxygen concentrators will be used to treat severely ill patients with respiratory distress at designated COVID-19 treatment health-care facilities," added Achiek.

South Sudan so far has reported 2,036 COVID-19 positive cases and 38 fatalities as of Thursday since the first COVID-19 case was reported on April 5. Enditem