Ministry of Health Develops a Grassroots Initiative

_H.E. Seiji Okada, Amb of Japan to South Sudan receiving a certificate of appreciation from Hon MoH
_H.E. Seiji Okada, Amb of Japan to South Sudan receiving a certificate of appreciation from Hon MoH

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with United Nations Population fund has launched a campaign to end Obstetric Fistula in the county in April 7, 2017. In 2016, South Sudan carried it first campaign, where the country had treated almost 700 fistula cases and about 19 was successfully operated. The program was launched at the Juba Teaching Hospital on Wednesday. The Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai said the program will help in saving lives of mothers. “This program is avoidable, its treatable or repairable, and I think this is what the UNFPA are doing to avoid it. They have been helping us,” said Dr Riak Gai .The representative at the UNFPA, Esperance Fundira said they need to establish a task-force to develop clear strategy for elimination of fistula in south Sudan. She said there is need to improve registrations and follow up with fistula survives to easy access to medical treatment. The campaign will target 40 Obstetric fistula cases in the in two locations of juba and Aweil within two weeks.                   According to Fistula Foundation Organization, South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 730 deaths per 100,000 live birth.