This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The deputy Minister of Health in the Government of South Sudan, Dr. Yatta Loli Lugar yesterday distributed relief items to victims of Pibor ethnic conflicts in Juba Teaching Hospital on humanitarian grounds.
The items were supplied by the South Sudan Red Cross under the South Sudan Red Cross Director for Disaster Management, Mr. Latio Kudus who informed Gurtong the kind of assistance given to the causalities.
“We have distributed water containers, mosquito nets, blankets and mats to 105 victims in Juba Teaching Hospital. We brought more items but the excess supply will remain in the hospital,” Kudus said.
One of the displaced persons who preferred to be anonymous said the items will help them to cope with the harsh situations in the hospital like mosquito attacks and lack of enough beds. He appreciated the work of the hospital nurses who were cared for them. “They are providing us with food, medicine and cleaning our wounds.”
The deputy Minister Dr. Yatta Loli Lugar urged the Lou Nuer youth and the Murle community to stop the conflict and to focus on dialogue.
“I appeal to our brothers and sisters from Lou Nuer and Murle that we should live as brothers and sisters together. Stop cattle rustling, abducting children and women. I appeal to the church leaders to visit these areas and preach the word of God to these communities,”
However, the status of Juba Teaching Hospital is in dire conditions and the Deputy Minister could not tolerate the bad odour around the hospital. Our Gurtong correspondent visited the hospital to ascertain the allegations.
The deputy Minister had to direct some of the workers to clean places of convenience. He looked agitated with the level of hygiene in the teaching hospital. In one incident he had to order one of the workers to carry dustbins around the main hospital toilet.
“I’m not happy with Juba Teaching Hospital’s level of cleanness. Their wards and toilets are very dirty; the hospital administration should put much effort to cleaning it. I don’t want the hospital to smell bad,” he elaborated.
Dr. Yatta was a senior administrator in Juba Teaching Hospital before his appointment as the Deputy Minister of Health in government.
The administration informed Gurtong that they are going to increase the number of cleaners in the hospital for effective service delivery.