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AU urges gov’t to fund Ministry of Health

By John Agok

The Head of African Union Mission to South Sudan has called upon the government to release enough funds for the Ministry of Health in a bid to strengthen its human resource and health facilities.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health organized a three days training in collaboration with the African Center for Disease Control.

The training drew 30 participants from various departments to be trained for three days on COVID-19 Case Management as trainers of trainees (ToT) in Juba.

Addressing the participants both present and those online by zoom, Prof. Joram Biswaro said, South Sudan and Zambia among five African Countries chosen by African Centre for Disease Control must have benefited a lot on how to respond in fighting COVID-19 Pandemic, in providing technical support and essential service.

“I urge South Sudan government to solicit funds in strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health institutions,” he underscored.

Meanwhile Dr. Henry Gray, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative cautioned South Sudan to facilitate the people’s healthcare saying that, Ministry of Health is the most valuable asset to its people.

“South Sudan have potential young talented people who can be prepared for the best or the worse”, he added.

However, the undersecretary in the Ministry of Health Mayen Achiek Machut welcomed the assistance from African Centre for Disease Control (African CDC).

“We will continue to remain vigilant on fighting COVID-19 Pandemic especially we who call ourselves professionals should be consistent in wearing facemasks and maintain precautionary measures for us to beat human ignorance”, he underscored.

The second wave of COVID -19 Pandemic overwhelmed the western countries subjected them to reconsider the possible lockdown in their respective countries.

It is globally reported that, there are over 50 million cases of COVID- 19. African Centre for Disease Control and prevention established the Board on January 2017 to build the capacity of Public health institutions in African Countries.

The declaration of COVID-19 outbreak on January 2020 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to strengthen and strategize on how to cope and prevent the Pandemic.

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