Home | News    Monday 20 August 2012

Warrap calls for public health education to combat preventable diseases

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 19, 2012 (JUBA) - Health experts and government authorities in South Sudan’s Warrap State have called for increased efforts and new innovative approaches to combat high maternal and infant mortality rates through the promotion of preventative care.

According to a report by the United Nation Children’s fund (UNICEF), an estimated 6 million people in South Sudan lacks pit latrines and defecate in the open spaces. Open defecation is a major contributing factor to myriad of water and sanitation related diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, polio, cholera, acute respiratory infection amongst others.

“In South Sudan, according to the latest weekly bulletin from the Ministry of Health, there were 4,713 reported cases of diarrhea, of which 58% were children- in the second week of July this year. 14 deaths were related to these incidents. Repeated episodes of diarrhea attacks makes children more vulnerable to other diseases and malnutrition. These needless deaths and suffering can be prevented if we improve on our hygiene and sanitation practices”, the report says.

Michael Milly Hussein, the country’s minister of health says many delivering mothers died during births due to complications often associated to preventable diseases mostly in rural areas where basic health care services are seriously virtually lacking.

South Sudan has some of the worst statistics for maternal mortality in the world.

“Today many people in South Sudan die of simple and preventable diseases like diarrhea because of lack of awareness. There are no trained and skilled health workers. Today our community health workers with limited knowledge and skills run facilities that are supposed to be run by trained practitioners”, Hussein said.

“These figures are high and there should be concerted efforts by medical workers and other stakeholders to bring this down,” he said stressing the need to scale up best practices in midwifery education and practices to strengthen health systems in order to improve maternal health outcomes in the country.

Minister Hussein was reacting to a report by the UNICEF highlighting challenges associated to lack of hygiene and sanitary practices in most parts of the country. UNICEF made the report after conducting an assessment in Warrap State on 11 August 2012.

The assessment team comprised staff members from State Ministry of Cooperative and Rural Development. It was carried out in Adiem in Gogrial West County, Warrap State. The village located about 20 minutes drive from Gogrial Center, is situated at the bank of Jur River, and has 68 households.

“This is a very important achievement as it marks the first ever successful imitative in the country. The development offers hope to the country as it struggles to deal with the devastating effects of poor sanitation”, the report adds in part.

Joseph Malek, Warrap State Minister of Cooperative and Rural Development explained in a separate interview that the exercise was meant to mobilize communities to work towards stopping open defecation.

He said the achievement of the Adiem community provides an opportunity for the rest of the country to "reflect on the sanitation situation and ask ourselves what contribution we can make to increase the number of Open Defecation Faeces villages in the country."

It outlines featured good governance, financing, medicines and technology, human resources, information and service delivery. It also includes development of a road map and capacity building plans involving sanitation actors in the country, Develop a functional inter agency to coordinate at the National level and State levels. Initiate community based initiative to ensure regular follow ups to support and encourage the villages to progressively work towards becoming Open Defecation Faeces Free State.

The other objective of the forum was to share evidence-based practices which will be forwarded for the ministerial meeting scheduled later this year. The meeting is intended to help governments provide quality, efficient and effective health care services to a population of over 8 million people in the country.

Minister Malek asked member community leaders and stakeholders to involve religious leaders, faith-based organizations and the media to educate the public.

Malek believes that once the public is educated, there will be change of attitude and appealed for international assistance to support to finance the health care systems to reduce maternal and child deaths.

The initiative is one of the interventions being championed by the Government of South Sudan, UNICEF and WASH partners to address poor sanitation known as Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 20 August 2012 06:04, by Dinkawarrior

    It’s very significant to combat all kinds of Diseases, those including Corruption!
    Go ahead to do so and we will support you for whatever you need.

  • 22 August 2012 08:42, by malieng

    There is also need to address the issue of flood that affected different area in Warrap becuase Hon: Deputy governor have not mentioned other part in the state like Akon South Payam, in a place called Ridic. He the Hon: knows the place, we are requsting him to tour the side

  • 15 November 2012 09:16, by davieshall1

    It is an extremely helpful and useful post thanks.
    get dissertation help

  • 11 June 2013 16:32, by royiss

    Health is very important that’s why government should take an action to protect their people. originalcialis



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Why Sudan’s interests lie in U.S. delisting and normalization with Israel 2020-10-22 06:08:56 By: Trayo A. Ali How will the de-linking of the American process for removing Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terror (SST) list from its process of normalizing relations with Israel diminish (...)

No to calls for anti-peace protests 2020-10-22 06:07:08 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Some traditional Sudanese political parties have grown old and are crying out to demand that the Sudanese people go out on October 21, 2020, in a major demonstration to (...)

The 21 October March: Who is the Enemy? 2020-10-21 05:52:11 By Yasir Arman One of the main features of the December revolution is its vitality and the broad participation of women and youth, resistance committees, martyrs' families, forces from the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.