Kajokeji institute graduates 45 midwives

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Kajokeji Health Science Training Institute in Yei River State has graduated forty five South Sudanese as midwives. The forty five midwives, drawn from different states of South Sudan, underwent a two-year course at the institute, run by the ministry of health, with support from Canadian and Swedish governments.

Kangapo County Commissioner, Julius Tabule, graced the graduation event on Friday evening. He told TCT that the deployment of new health personnel will add to efforts of improving the health sector in the country.

“These are people who have completed a two-year course leading to award of certificates in midwifery,” Tabule said after the graduation. “The Swedish and Canadian governments are the main donors funding the project. I want to thank all the partners for their continued help.”

The occasion was witnessed by dignitaries from UN agencies, Swedish embassy, Canadian embassy, International Medical Corps (IMC) and the national ministry of health.

Remarking on the health sector situation in his county, commissioner Tabule said health facilities lack drugs, have few staff and inadequate medical equipment.
“Kangapo is not an exception with regard to the various challenges affecting the health sector in South Sudan as a whole,” he said.

The United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) recently donated assorted medical supplies to Yei state hospital.
The state minister for health Kogo Manase Levi said the ministry was working out ways of distributing the items to health facilities across the state, including Kangapo county.
‘Normal Security’

Kangapo County is one of the thirteen newly created counties in Yei River State. It was one of the four payams of former Kajokeji County that have experienced insecurity following the outbreak of fighting in Juba in July. Previously, clashes were reported in Nyepo County in Kajokeji region. In July, August and September, Kangapo experienced insecurity and fleeing of residents.

Asked about the latest development in security, Commissioner Tabule said the security situation had returned to normal and was better than in other parts of Yei River State.

He attributed the return of calm to the area to dialogue that happened in October, where various stakeholders came together to work for sustainable peace in the county.

He said roads linking the county with other areas and Uganda are open, while schools and markets are operating normally.

The commissioner said his priority is to bring peace and stability and to set up a county administration to help add to his efforts in enhancing service delivery to the people.

“A county is not all about a commissioner alone,” he said, calling on South Sudanese to embrace peace, unity and love in the country. “Let us continue to work to sustain this peace.”

Yei River State, one of the twenty eight states in the country, has experienced rising insecurity since 2013 as government forces and armed opposition groups clash.


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