Officials from South Sudan's Ministry of Health are selling yellow fever cards at Juba International Airport without having given vaccination, sources told Radio Tamazuj.
International regulations require proof of yellow fever vaccination for travel to and from certain countries. People who get vaccinated should be given an International Certificate of Vaccination.
South Sudanese nationals traveling abroad via Juba Internationals Airport have to pay up to 200 SSP to obtain a yellow fever card without getting vaccinated. “They charged me 200 SSP in order to obtain yellow cards without even being vaccinated,” one traveler complained.
South Sudanese who travel to Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan are required to obtain yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before their flight, but officials in the health ministry are some National Security personnel are allegedly selling these cards at the airport, according to sources in Juba.
The cards are reportedly scarce at the State Ministry of Health in Centeral Equatoria, which was responsible for issuing the cards at a cost of up to 64 SSP.
“I went to Ministry of Health to get vaccinated against yellow fever and get the card but I was told that they got finished but was referred to some person at Juba International airport where I got only the card and paid 150 SSP,” said another traveler.