TREATMENT ABROAD To reduce to minimal soon -Kiir
By Sasuk Taban
President Salva Kiir has said that soon there will be enough medical provision and majority of the population will not seek treatment abroad.
The President directed the Ministers of Health and that of Finance to scale up training of health workers at all levels and operationalize and equip all health care centres in the country for provision of better health care services.
He made these remarks during the ground breaking ceremony for the modernization and expansion of Juba Teaching Hospital on Saturday.
“For the effectiveness of the Ministry of Health with support from China and other partners, I direct the Minister of Health and Finance with their fields and all the health partners in the country to roll out and implement the Boma Health Initiative as the corner stone for delivery of health services to the masses at the grassroots level.
Kiir further directed the two ministers’ to develop and update all guidelines and protocols needed for an effective health system in the country.
“Although South Sudan has the worst health care indicator on the planet, the situation is getting better and will ultimately improve with support from our partners,” Kiir said.
He further thanked the Chinese government for their continuing support and the Ministry of Health for their tireless efforts in improving the health sector in the country through adequate resources and infrastructure.
“We need to make quality health care services available for all the people of South Sudan. With the modernization and expansion of Juba Teaching Hospital, along with all the infrastructural development projects in the health system, the landscape of the health system will completely change for the people who have been deprived from accessing and enjoying quality services since time immemorial,” Kiir said.
President Kiir further said all people who seek treatment abroad even himself will be able to access health services right here at home once the expansion is complete.
“People have been eagerly waiting to enjoy better health services that are part and parcel of the basic human rights. With the commencement of modernization and expansion of Juba Teaching Hospital, people will be able to access affordable health care in the country,” he said.
President Kiir further reiterated his government’s commitment towards achieving everlasting peace.
Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong said the modernization expansion project is being financed through a grant from the Chinese government at a cost of 33 million US dollars.
“The expansion project is another cornerstone of China- South Sudan relationship. China will provide modern medical equipment and one year technical cooperation upon completion of the project,” he said.
“Two years from now, we are going to see a modern state of the art of health facility and a new landmark in Juba,” the Ambassador said.
He added that China will further strengthen cooperation with South Sudan with emphasis on education, health, capacity building and agriculture which will directly benefit the livelihood of South Sudanese and socio-economic development of the nation.
Ambassador Xiangdong further said the government of China will continue to encourage Chinese companies to invest in South Sudan and Chinese financial institutions to support critical projects of South Sudan.
“No development can take place in the absence of peace and stability and no peace can be sustainable without development,” he said.
Under the China Aided project of modernization and expansion of Juba Teaching Hospital, three units are set to be constructed; an emergency and trauma hospital and a maternity hospital with a capacity of 120 beds and housing units for the Chinese medical experts working at the hospital.