Juba, 14 August 2019: South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday asked for British government for financial assistance as his country is preparing in the eventuality of the outbreak of Ebola.
The country's leadership said South Sudan needs $12 Million to combat an outbreak of Ebola, though at the moment the country has no reported any cases of Ebola, however, on Monday panic ensured after a woman died with bleeding in Yambio, Western Equatoria state.
The British Minister for Africa affairs Mr. Andrew Stephenson visited Juba Tuesday to discuss with the South Sudanese leader the progress of the September 2018 peace accord which is lagging behind as the parties are expected to form National Unity Government on 12 November 2019.
According to undisclosed sources, President and the British minister Andrew Stephenson held talks on a range of issues, including the progress of the revitalized peace agreement and ways of bolstering bilateral ties between South Sudan and the UK.
Meanwhile, the UK Minister, Mr. Andrew reiterated the United Kingdom's commitment towards supporting the government and the people of South Sudan in achieving lasting peace and development for the country.
Stephenson is in the country for a two-day visit. He is expected to meet other senior government officials, however, it is not clear whether Mr. Stephenson will meet with members of opposition groups in Juba.
Sadly, the war-torn world youngest nation has become indeed an infant that needs its health sector to be sponsored by foreign governments, while crude oil money for one week will be more than enough to provide the supposed $12 million needed to combat Ebola outbreak should it become reality.
J. Roberts Swaka