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Insecurity hampers health services in Upper Nile

The health situation in the three former states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei has deteriorated due to the ongoing insecurity.

Anthony Kisanga Lomoro, the Director for Core Group Polio Project Secretariat said, “Most of the children in those areas are not immunized because of the current insecurity which has made vaccinators unable to reach the areas,” he said.

Speaking to Juba Monitor at the training, Lomoro said according to the analysis they conducted for the last two years, there are over 200 cases of polio reported and they are strengthening the accessibility in the areas to conduct more research.

He said out of the 200 cases reported at least over 99 percent have been prevented.

“Polio eradication is almost done in the world but in South Sudan it is still a major challenge due to the insecurity which has broken all the health systems in most parts of the country,” Lomoro said.

He said treatment of polio infection is very important saying that every community must care for their health services in case of any sign of polio infection they should report to the nearest health unit.

The trainees were trained on community polio surveillance; this training was conducted for the former three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity as well as Kapoeta state.

Dr. Samson Paul Baba said the health situation in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Kopeota  states is not all that good compared to the other states saying this training should be extended to the grassroots.

He urged the trainees to do their best in minimizing  the threat of polio in the former three states of Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei.

Dr. Baba urged the trainees to ensure that every work is done responsibly especially when attending to mothers who come with antenatal diseases like TB, HIV and other illnesses.

“You should provide the community with information that they are not aware about, your work should be transparent and it should be more productive to the health services,’ he said.

The training was sponsored by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Vision on the signs of polio and prevention.

By Rose Keji Benjamin

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