Citizens must have access to equitable health services

Midwives displaying their health tools to vaccinate children at the World Health day in Juba on Thursday 21st June 2018 at Crown Hotel (photo by Moses Gum degur):

By Moses Gum Degur

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Makur Matur Koriom said all citizens including vulnerable groups; children and women should have access to equitable health services.

Dr. Makur said that many mothers and children often die each year from related causes during pregnancy, child birth and post-delivery due to lack of Health care services.

The official made these remarks at the advocacy meeting to commemorate World Health Day at Crown Hotel on Thursday in Juba.

The Ministry of Health and partners organized an advocacy meeting with women parliamentarian with an effort to strengthen partnership in advancing health for all agenda.

The world Health Day was celebrated under the theme “Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere.

“Women in the developing world including South Sudan are highly disadvantaged in health because of poverty, distance to the health facility, inadequate health services and cultural practices,” Dr. Makur said.

He said because there is no equitable access to health services to vulnerable populations especially women and children and that is why there are high rates of death countrywide.

Globally about 289000 women die every year from pregnancy related cause mostly in sub Sahara Africa countries.

The Undersecretary said that South Sudan has one of the highest mortality ratios in the world 789 per 100000 live births with maternal and new born deaths almost 75% preventable diseases.

Dr. Makur stressed that tackling women health is a right based issue for the ministry and health partners to ensure that all live in a good physical shape environment.

He said with universal health coverage, he hopes to avail access to the full package of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services which he added are safe and freely available to all citizens.

Dr. Makur reiterated Government commitment to work with partners by providing needed services to all communities to ensure that the challenge is maintain and for the people to meet their expectations.

He thanked the donor agencies including WHO, UNFPA, SIDA and Canada for their unwavering support in supporting health Ministry financially to erect some health centres across the country.

The Director General of Reproductive Health at the Ministry of Health Dr. Alexander Dimiti said as health partners they have made some progress in terms of delivering services to the local people.

He said for the last few years up to this time, the Ministry of Health and the partners to construct fully furnished health facilities especially maternal complexes. This has improved the well being of mothers in the nation.

“We have developed lot of things including comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, maternal deaths surveillance, gender mainstreaming and provision of Fistula repair services”, he explained.

“All these show that the ministry is committed to deliver effective health services to all people across the country.

Dr. Dimiti revealed that 650 cases of Fistula were so far repaired as part of strengthening system in the nation.

Universal Health Coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

At least half of the world’s people are currently unable to obtain health services.

The event that brought together mothers, children and government officials was marked with live health practical, vaccination and speeches among others.

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