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Salaries delay affect Juba Hospital operation

The Medical Director at Juba Teaching Hospital, Dr Mur Wel said, the working situation at the hospital was “tough” as his staffs had not received salaries for the last three months.

He said statistics of medical personnel who used to report for work was 40 to 50, but due to delay in salaries, the attendance had drastically gone down as only some few staffs do come for work.

“Although we are in a very critical situation, we cannot say the hospital is in a bad shape, but we are still having some few nurses, who have the ability to improve the health of patients in the hospital,” he said.

He appealed to the hospital staff to report for work, observing that most of the wards are empty, because without nurses, patients will suffer, adding the issue of salaries will be solved.

“The hospital lacks drugs such as Diabetics, anti-rabbis, anti-Tetanus and Plasters, however, some other drugs like for anti-Malaria, Amoxicillin, pain killers are all in stoke,” Wel said.

He added that, the hospital lacked constant power supply and that being the main government hospital it could not operate without power.

However, Wel said there was significant improvement in cases of Malaria, attributing it to  positive response by the citizens to use treated mosquito nets.

He commended the government and the media houses for doing a great job in creating awareness in preventing the spread of Malaria.

He also urged the government to bring back the feeding program for patients admitted. “The feeding system used to help those patients who don’t have relative to cook or bring for them food”, Wel Said.

He encouraged the citizens to come to the hospital for treatment rather than going to private clinics that are expensive, “We are here to save your life and maintain good health, although there are many challenges facing us at Juba Teaching Hospital.

By Rose Keji Benjamin

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