Dr. Riek Gai Kok was on his first official visit out of Juba after his appointment by the President.
He called the people of Western Equatoria as peaceful citizens from the experience of the stolen child last month at Yambio State Hospital.
He promised to support the construction of fence around Yambio State Hospital and open health institute in Yambio by January 2014.
Dr. Gai announced that very soon, he will deploy ten medical officers to all counties in Western Equatoria State to move and support the people in the state at the county level.
State Governor, Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro promised to offer space or building for the proposed health training centre.
Bakosoro stated that the state government has loaded one container with medical stuff to be transported to Western Equatoria. He further emphasized on the government to consider people’s life and health as priority.
We have a lot of issues in regard to people’s life which needs to be addressed in the first a gender,” said Bangasi.
The Canadian Ambassador to South Sudan warned the community against giving girls for early marriage because it is harmful to their health. He further told health personnel that health service is not only a profession but a vocation.
State Health Minister, John Gboono mentioned that high level of maternal and infant mortality plus high prevalence of HIV/AIDS are among the biggest problems affecting the health sector in Western Equatoria State.
He thanked Canada and WHO for supporting the people of South Sudan.
Dr. Gboono stated that the appointment of Dr. Gai by the president, being the schoolmates will have productive and cooperative work in the health sector.
Many government dignitaries from the national level and the state, health partner’s representatives from Juba and those based in Yambio, health workers plus the communities of Yambio gathered for this occasion held at the state hospital in Yambio.