Egyptian Fistula, Eye Doctors in Juba
Health Minister Dr. Riak Gai Kok with a team of Egyptian Doctors at Juba Blood Bank Centre on 12/11/2018 (photo by Moses Gum)
By Moses Gum
A team of health experts specialized in Urology, Ophthalmology and other fields from Egypt has arrived South Sudan to conduct free major operations in Fistula and eye cataract.
The revered team of surgeons and professionals will undertake operations in Buluk Eye Clinic and Juba Teaching Hospitals starting today (Tuesday).
The visit came following a week-long campaign by the Office of the First Lady and the National Ministry of Health.
The Minister of Health Dr. Riak Gai Kok said with the help of Egyptian Doctors, fistula and eye patients will get free medical services and will regain back their health status.
He said his Ministry seized the opportunity to bring in health experts to the country to help the patients of Fistula and eye cataract.
“We are welcoming today the team of doctors from Arab Republic of Egypt to help people of South Sudan. These doctors will conduct major operations in eye and fistula,” he said.
The Health Minister described the visit as one of the important steps taken by Egypt to support people of South Sudan in Health sector as part of bilateral relationship.
Dr. Riak said the Health Ministry is recommitting to delivering on its mandate and providing services to the people.
He stated that the campaign targeted women with obstetric fistula conditions and those with eye problems to regain their health status.
“With the coming of these doctors, I am sure patients will benefit from their services. Our patients will regain their normal health status,” Dr. Riak said.
Dr. Ahmed Saafan, the representative of Egyptian Doctors and the consultant of Urology at Ain Shams University Hospital expressed commitment that the experienced team will wholeheartedly give needed services to the people of South Sudan.
“We are glad to be in South Sudan to help the people in need. We are also going to change the concept of our doctors of worrying about their work,” he said on behalf of the team.
According to Dr. Saafan, some doctors who thought of knowing some skills in fistula operations closed but urine still leaks saying that undermines the profession.
He said there is need for urology doctors to be very keen while working on fistula conditions on women, saying he condition on some occasions could recur if not properly operated.
Dr. Saafan said for the few days in Juba, they will be sharing works, skills and experience with some South Sudan doctors.
The Representative of the First Lady’s Office, Lado Lukak said the Organization is steeping effort to help vulnerable women and blind people in the country.
He said the idea of supporting the Fistula patients and blind people was meant to free people from distress in the community.
“We want our people to come and benefit from these free medical services. Our aim is to see that everybody is healthy. Health is part of human building,” Mr Lukak said.
According to Health officials, South Sudan suffers a great burden of morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth more than any other country in the region.
It is estimated that more than 60,000 women in South Sudan are victims of one form of Fistula.
Fistula is an abnormal opening or hole which develops between the vaginal wall and the urinary track usually emanating from protracted, prolonged difficult labor.
The fistula victim uncontrollably dribbles urine or passes faeces through the vaginal canal resulting to offensive smell.
Since 2006, the Ministry of Health operated and treated more than 750 cases of fistula through campaigns supported by partners.
The campaign is carried out by the Organization of the Frist Lady of the Republic Mary Ayen Mayardit in collaboration with National Ministry of Health and Arab Republic of Egypt.