Health Ministry Seeks Additional Budget Allocation

Eastern Equatoria State Health Margaret Itto Leonardo in Torit. [Gurtong |File]

State Health Minister Dr Margaret Itto Leonardo said that the ministry is allocated only four per cent of the total budget which is not sufficient to deliver crucial health services to the citizens.

Currently the ministry depends on other partners and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in the state for the delivery of health services.

The minister appealed to the national government to consider increasing its allocation to her ministry due to the crucial role the ministry has in providing life saving services to the citizens as compared to other government departments.

She said there is a small allocation of financial resources to her ministry as it is allocated only four percent of total budget of the state from the national government.

Currently the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are supporting the state.

The minister appreciates the efforts made by the organisations in boosting the health sector.

“We are much depending on our partners notably NPA, UNICEF, WHO among others,” she said.

The Minister noted that focusing on holistic care instead of periodic care will help the state wrestle out heath care challenges in the vein of managing the rise of any chronic ailments.

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