Health crisis: Juba Teaching Hospital in a dire situation as sewage crisis unfold, Acting Director-General confirms
The Acting Director-General in charge of Juba Teaching Hospital has decried the dire situation of the hospital as the facility runs out of resources to sort out an ongoing sanitation crisis as the sewage system fills up.
The Government official raised the concerns to the media on Wednesday afternoon during the official launching of the oxygen manufacturing plant at the utility.
Dr. Alier Nyok said that he was thankful officials from the Health Ministry, including Minister Achuei Yol and Undersecretary Victoria Arop, showed up to inspect the general situation of the public facility.
“We’re thankful to the officials from the Health Ministry for coming here today. As they’ve seen, the hospital is undergoing really trying times, ” he said.
“We’ve actual issues pertaining to the sanitation of the hospital. The sewage system is full and we can’t find the resources to fix it. We hope now that the officials will help us out as they’ve seen, “, Dr. Alier added.
On Wednesday afternoon, the officials from the Ministry of Health led by Hon. Achuei Yol paid a courtesy visit to the hospital to witness the launching of Oxygen manufacturing plant.
The plant is expected to manufacture up to 230 cylinders of oxygen meant for covid-19 patients.
The plant was built with resources from the donor organizations of the African Development Bank and the World Health Organization.
Speaking during the launching of the plant, Undersecretary for the Ministry, Hon. Victoria lauded the efforts of donor organizations for the support rendered to South Sudan Health Sector.
She commended the launch of the facility, as it’ll greatly help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’re thankful to our partners for the funding. We thank Minister Achuei for pushing so hard to see this achievement succeeded,” she said.
“This facility will help us a lot as we battle COVID-19. It’ll help even the private clinics, too, ” she concluded.
Director-General for Preventive Health Department, Dr. John Pasquale Rummunu appreciated the launch of the facility, as this is the first of its kind in South Sudan history.
Juba Teaching Hospital survives majorly on funding from international organizations, with little and/or no support from the government.