Foundation Stone Laid For Construction Of New Maternity Ward In Torit

The National Health Minister of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Gai Kok on Tuesday laid a foundation stone at the site where a maternity ward for Torit hospital will soon be constructed.

Foundation Stone Laid For Construction Of New Maternity Ward In Torit
Health Minister cuts ribbon at the groundbreaking ceremony of a Maternity ward at Torit state Hospital, [Photo| Peter Lokale]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 28 January 2016 [Gurtong] – The maternity ward is part of 5-Year US$800,000 Donor project initiated in 2014 to revamp Torit referral Hospital.

Speaking during the official inauguration of the facility, Riek Gai commened the people of Torit for always remaining peaceful even after the war that broke out in 2013.

“This is the fruit of peace and your inspiration to ignite the struggle for freedom of this country. It is also because Imatong has remained peaceful since the 2013 war broke out,” he added.

Former Eastern Equatoria State Health Minister, Dr. Margaret Itto Leonardo earlier disclosed to the press that the World Health Organisation, WHO, contributed more than US $600,000 for the construction of the maternity wards.

The complex ward will include an operation theatre, an ante-natal and post-natal care centres which are expected to take care of mothers before and after delivery, said the former Health minister Dr. Itto.

Within Torit State Hospital, Dutch NGO Cordaid has also undertaken to construct two classroom blocks, a dormitory, a store and a library for the nursing school worth over US $200,000, revealed Dr. Itto.

She said the measures follow a survey on the shortcomings and needs of the hospital with findings listing numerous problems in terms of lack of infrastructure and staff.

Speaking during the official inauguration, Canadian Ambassador, Nicholas Coghlan disclosed that the maternity ward at Torit is part of a project in South Sudan funded by his country at a tune of US $100 Million.

He said that South Sudan was selected as one of the primary recipients of the Canadian support to get the US $ 100 Million for maternal and child health care programs.

Ambassador Coghlan disclosed that physical infrastructures in 6 facilities in the country, being implemented by the WHO and the government though implementation was a bit interrupted by conflict, the infrastructural development, later kicked off successfully covering six facilities around the country.

Torit is the fourth while Bor was the first, followed by Yambio in 2013 and Kiir Hospital in Wau. Kwajok in Aweil is to be launched next, elaborated the Canadian Ambassador.

He said that part of the Canadian government's second project which covers trainings of midwives, has witnessed tremendous progress in the last 3 years across South Sudan.

“Three years ago, there were only 11 trained midwives in South Sudan but under this program, the country now has over 200 qualified midwives and many are yet to finish their courses,” noted the official.

Also speaking at the function, the Imatong State Governor, Nartisio Manir Loluke, relayed his thanks to the donors especially the Canadian government for the great commitment towards the construction of the health facility.

He urged the State residents to properly utilize the facility once construction is complete.

The governor further appealed to the National health Minister to lobby for better equipment for improvement of service delivery at the health facility.

“This health facility was constructed in 1947, lacks X-ray, has dilapidated structures and poorly equipped theatre. We therefore ask you hon. Minister, to lobby for more and modern equipment to improve service delivery,” emphasised the Governor.

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