, 01 August, 2020 / 7:29 PM
Caritas South Sudan has partnered with Salesian Sisters serving in the Catholic Diocese of Wau to present three oxygen concentrators to the COVID-19 management facility that the nuns set up in a government-run hospital early this month to help manage reported cases of the coronavirus infections.
“We have brought to you three oxygen concentrators, a few facemasks and 95 hand sanitizers and surgical masks,” Sr. Grace Adkhirayil, the Director of Mary Help Association told Voice of Hope Radio (VOH) of the Catholic Diocese of Wau (DOW), a Wau-based radio that is part of South Sudan’s Catholic Radio Network (CRN).
Members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) and Caritas South Sudan, the Humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the East-Central African state also contributed to the facility some Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE).
Sr. Adkhirayil told the staff at the hospital, “I am so glad to be here to present to you a few PPE, which is very essential in starting the triage and engaging some serious patients with critical cases.
The donated items, according to the Director of Mary Help Association, aim at getting the triage facility ready to receive patients suspected to be infected with COVID-19.
The Indian-born nun who has served in the nine-year-old nation for 31 years promised that her administration would share any support from donors with the hospital.
“In case you need more, maybe after one month, you may receive something more, from different organizations, or if we get, be sure that we will share with you,” said Sr. Adkhirayil.
She added, “We are working together for the good of the people of South Sudan.”
Speaking to the Catholic Voice of Hope radio of CRN, the Director General in the state Ministry of Health and Environment, Dr. James Ambrose Ucin expressed his gratitude to Mary help Association and Caritas South Sudan for their “huge support to the state in the fight against COVID-19.”
On July 10, Mary Help Association handed over a Triage Facility for Wau Teaching Hospital with some Wheelchairs, Beds, Mattresses, Jerricans, Sprayers, Sheets, Chairs and PPEs to the state government wi
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