Juba, 14 May, 2020 / 1:16 am (ACI Africa).
Fear of getting infected with COVID-19 has led to many patients resisting admission at a Catholic hospital in South Sudan, a majority of them with unrelated health complications opting for self-medication away from the health facility. This situation is giving a Catholic nun working in the eastern Africa country a headache.
With 194 COVID-19 cases already reported in South Sudan, patients with different diseases have become afraid of the virus, those admitted choosing to “escape” from wards in Nzara Hospital, a Diocesan Catholic hospital in Yambio, according to Sr. Jane Francis, a midwife and nurse at the hospital.
“Some patients don’t want to be admitted even if we recommend them for admission. They are scared,” Sr. Jane Francis told ACI Africa on Tuesday, May 12.
She added, “Even when we clearly tell them that their illnesses have nothing to do with COVID-19, they won’t hear anything of it. They still find a way to escape from hospital.”
Many patients that the 66-year-old nurse and midwife has seen now despise hospital beds and are increasingly preferring to be given medicines and discharged so as to heal from home.