Juba, 13 June 2020
The Government of Rwanda donated testing medical kits to the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of the earlier promised 200 COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment to the mission in support of international efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
100 test kits that were airlifted by RwandAir to Juba International Airport, were handed over to UNMISS officials in Juba city. It is aimed at increasing the mission's capacity to test and treat staff, and the remaining testing kits will be soon availed.
Brig Gen Eugene NKUBITO, Rwanda Senior Representative in UNMISS and Sector Juba Commander handed over those medical kits to Mr John SENGUI Barber and Lt Col Su KHAN on behalf of UNMISS.
Brig Gen Eugene NKUBITO, said the medical kits will contribute to mass testing and sampling for COVID19 within peacekeepers in UNMISS. He said, “COVID-19 is a common enemy to mankind, and cooperation is the way to defeat the pandemic”.
John Segui Barber, the medical representative of UNMISS thanked the Government of Rwanda for the support saying that it will significantly improve UNMISS capacity to fight against Covid-19. “These kits are definitely augmenting our speed in testing staff” said Barber.
The donation of medical kits to the UNMISS comes after the Republic of Rwanda took measures to test and sample COVID-19 to Rwandan peacekeepers under UNMISS including military, Police and Collection Service.
1400 peacekeepers have been tested in this week. This activity will continue in other missions where Rwandan peacekeepers are deployed.