JTH will soon treat cervical cancer
(L-R)National health minister, Dr. Riak Gai Kok and WHO Country Representative Evans Liyosi (File photo)
By Kitab A Unango
The national Minister of Health, Dr. Riak Gai Kok, has said Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) will soon start treating cervical cancer.
Dr. Gai revealed this on Friday last week at a two day training workshop that drew all the 32 States’ Ministers of Health and Abyei Administrative Area to deliberate on how to take medical services to the local community through Boma Health Initiative Project.
Boma Health Initiative is a strategy the Ministry of Health has come up with supported by China that ensures health services reach out to the local community at a grassroot level especially to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country.
Dr. Gai said his ministry had signed a hospital to hospital memorandum with the government of China to send specialists to Juba adding that they have secured space for the cervical cancer treatment at Juba Teaching Hospital.
“Very soon, we are going to have a centre for screening and treating of cervical cancer at Juba teaching hospital. We have already secured the space,” Dr. Gai said.
He added that a medical team from China would also soon arrive to work together with the current team already at JTH to transfer knowledge to the South Sudanese medical personnel.
“The Medical team very soon is going to come to work together to manage cases as well as to transfer knowledge to our medical team in Juba teaching hospital,” Gai added.
Speaking to journalists at the same occasion, Amadi state Minister of Health, Anna Tuna Richard said she would make sure medical services reached women to reduce maternal mortality rate in her state.
“We have women who are dying in the process of giving birth due to lack of medical care. So with the help of our health partners, I am going to make sure health services reach them to protect them and their young babies from dying,” Tuna said.
In his part, Yei state Minister of Health and Environment, Logo Manase Levi, said the Boma Health Initiative would help the community own health services.
“The transformation of Community health services to Boma Health Initiative is very vital and a robust strategy that we are going to roll out so that the communities are able to own health services and it will help in detecting malaria and cholera which are the most causes of morbidity and maternal mortality in the country,” Manase said.