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CHOLERA IN JUBA; Two cases admitted at the Teaching hospital

The deputy director in Juba Teaching hospital, Dr. Pawil Arop Yor said they had received two cases of cholera on Saturday last week.

Yor said there are two cases reported. She said one of the cases is from Gudele residential area and the other one is within the hospital.

This week they had not received any case but were making efforts to prevent further out break.

“We are not happy, the situation in the hospital is not good because some staff have decided to absent themselves due to lack of transport”, she said.

They are demoralized because if they could not be paid the salaries for three or more months then why should they come to work.

Yor said the staff are not working well because they were hungry due to non-payment of salaries.

She revealed that nurses come for work because they love the job and they were to serve the needs of the sick.

She said the government was trying its best to prevent the outbreak of diseases in the country though the situation was not good, things are expensive and even many diseases like malaria and typhoid are on rise because of hunger and that the attendance of the nurses was not usual because of the crisis.

The medical director in Juba teaching hospital Dr. Maker Isaac Wel said they were doing training programmes for cholera team to prevent the disease and provide medicine.

“ Last year we received cases a round May and this time it is somehow low compared to that time, there are changes until Saturday when the two cases were received” but yesterday and today we did not get any report.”

He said they are ready for any outbreak of cholera in the hospital, the patience are good compared to the time they were brought in.

Wel encourage citizens to come to the hospital when they detect signs of Diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

He called on the nurses to continue with their work.

“This is our country as we love it we need to be committed to the patients rather than harassing them with threatening words which can worsen their situation”, he said.

Wel also called on the government to at least pay salaries of the nurses in the hospital for even two months in order to change the situation adding, without nurses and doctors the hospital could not continue to serve patients.

Nurses cannot come to work because they need to get something for food. They cannot work when they don’t have something to sustain their lives.

By Rose Keji Benjamin

 

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