SOUTH SUDAN / TRICYCLE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

10-Jun-2020 00:02:46
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan launched a five-day mobile COVID-19 awareness campaign using tricycles to sensitize the public in the four most densely populated towns in Western Equatoria. UNMISS
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Story: SOUTH SUDAN /COVID-19 TRICYCLE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
TRT: 2:46
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 10 JUNE 2020, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, tricycle disseminating messages
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tahiru Ibrahim, Acting Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“Some people do not want to believe that this thing [COVID-19] is real; but we need to continue efforts to educate the general populations to get them to appreciate the fact that COVID-19 is real and that we need to observe the protocols to be able to stay safe.”
3. Various shots, tricycle disseminating messages
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thomas Wilson Yanga, Head, COVID-19 Taskforce, Gbudue.
“It is the responsibility of everybody to let people know Corona[virus] is real and Corona [virus] is on the ground. And specifically, in Yambio we have a case—people need to know about that. Although many people have gone door-to-door telling people about the danger of Corona [virus], to the best of my knowledge people are not adhering to [preventative measures]. So, we need to put maximum effort to see to it that the information reaches people in the villages, and everywhere, that Corona [virus] is a very dangerous disease that has no cure, it has no vaccination. The only vaccination and the only cure is prevention. I really thank [our] partners especially, UNMISS who are always with us in times of peace, in times of war, in times of [a] crisis of this kind. Thank you very much.”
5. Various shots, tricycle disseminating messages

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan launched a five-day mobile COVID-19 awareness campaign using tricycles to sensitize the public in the four most densely populated towns in Western Equatoria.

These tricycles are driving through major streets broadcasting WHO-approved messages on COVID-19 preventative measures through loudspeakers.

Tahiru Ibrahim, Acting Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio said the launch is part of the mission’s ongoing endeavors to support the national-led COVID-19 response in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tahiru Ibrahim, Acting Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“Some people do not want to believe that this thing [COVID-19] is real; but we need to continue efforts to educate the general populations to get them to appreciate the fact that COVID-19 is real and that we need to observe the protocols to be able to stay safe.”

The launch of the mobile awareness drive was supported by Wilson Thomas Yanga, Head of COVID-19 Taskforce in Gbudue who urged every citizen to be aware of the dangers of this pandemic.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Wilson Yanga, Head, COVID-19 Taskforce, Gbudue:
“It is the responsibility of everybody to let people know Corona[virus] is real and Corona [virus] is on the ground. And specifically, in Yambio we have a case—people need to know about that. Although many people have gone door-to-door telling people about the danger of Corona [virus], to the best of my knowledge people are not adhering to [preventative measures]. So, we need to put maximum effort to see to it that the information reaches people in the villages, and everywhere, that Corona [virus] is a very dangerous disease that has no cure, it has no vaccination. The only vaccination and the only cure is prevention. I really thank [our] partners especially, UNMISS who are always with us in times of peace, in times of war, in times of [a] crisis of this kind. Thank you very much.”

Despite the worldwide health and safety risks posed by the virus, adhering to preventative measures, especially physical distancing, remains a concern among South Sudanese communities, which the mobile awareness campaign will run with the intention of sensitizing the public to adhere to the preventive measures.
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