Editorial

Health progress at Catholic Archdiocese of Juba

Anna Nimiryano

Jubek State Minister of Health Dr. Sali Samuel donated mosquito nets, drugs, and beds to Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary (IVM) Health Center under Catholic Archdiocese of Juba. Dr. Samuel confirmed it during the inauguration of the Health Center on 9th of this month at Kator west Residential area.  The administration of the Heath Center received those items this week.

Dr. Samuel said he is very glad to participate in the inauguration of the Health Center which is important to Jubek state. He added that what Catholic Archdiocese of Juba is doing is to support the Ministry of Health in Jubek state. He further said the Ministry will continue supporting the Center with anything they lack like technical staff and others.

Dr. Samuel has full information about the Health Center, he participated in registration and contributed vitally for the success of the Health Center when he was the Director General in the Ministry of Health Jubek State.  He recommended the Health Center to pregnant women who want to give birth adding that the center should render the necessary support to this group of people.  However, it is the only maternity Health Center at Kator west, it would cover Lologo areas, Rejaf and others.

Rev. Fr. Thomas Igga, parish Priest of Saint Theresa Parish said people of Kator west should cooperate to ensure the smooth running of the Center. He said the locality of Kator should be happy with this Health Centre since it is the only one in the area. People of Kator west should care for the security of the sisters and workers in the Health Center. For the reason that “it’s our center, it’s rendering services to us.”

On the other hand, Dr. Thomas Tongun

Health Coordinator of South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat

(SSCBS) said today we are inaugurating, Ursaline Sisters “Three Angels” Health Center. This came immediately after Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba His Grace Paulino Lukudu Loro had received the Health Data Report on the 18th of October, 2019 a pilot project initiated by him to established a Health department in the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat. He said he understood that the Health data Reports contain the main challenge and recommendations which will improve Health services delivery in the Catholic Dioceses of South Sudan if approved and implemented accordingly.

He further said During the time of exercise, the Health Data Collected from May 13th – 17th, 2019 in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, there were 17 parishes and 8 Health Facilities; namely Rejaf East PHCC, Sacred Heart Sisters PHCC Kator, Don Bosco PHCC Gumbo, St. Kizito PHCU, Sacred Heart Kworijik PHCU, Usratuna PHCC, Christ the King PHCC Tali and Mary Queen Gurie PHCC a facility in the Parish premises run by the government and Health partners.

He said currently, there is one more parish added in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba:  which is St. Francis of Assisi in Nyowa that make a total of 18 parishes and 9 health facilities in the Archdiocese of Juba. The two Health Facilities of the Sacred Heart Sisters PHCC and “Three Angels” Health Center are found at St. Theresa Cathedral.  Hence, there are about 10 parishes in the Archdiocese of Juba without Health Facilities. Dr. Tongun urged the Parish Priest of ST. Theresa to cooperate with other parishes which have the similar health facilities in the Archdiocese of Juba.

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