Health Workers in Bor threaten to protest, gives 48 hours ultimatum

Health workers at Bor State Hospital threaten to go on strike over unpaid incentives and poor working conditions. Doctors say the plan to walk off the job and look for greener pastures came as frustration for not being paid regularly make it difficult to support their families.

Doctor Goop Joh Ayom, representing the medical staff at Bor state hospital, narrated that health workers have gone for more than two months without incentives. Doctor Ayom further says she and other medical staff will walk off the job if the government does not address their grievances within the next 48 hours.

“We are suffering, and we need our incentives. Even here in the hospital, we don’t have essential drugs; we write papers to patients to go outside and buy drugs, and some patients cannot afford the drugs. After 72 hours, if there is no response, we will stop working. Only 48 hours are remaining.” Ayom said

Doctor Ayom says it is difficult for medical personnel to treat patients in the emergency room without lifesaving drugs, which they ran out of 3 months ago. She says patients have been dying due to a lack of medicine at the facility.

Nurse John Anyieth Malaak says the medical staff has persevered despite the situation hoping their incentives would be paid but are now feeling frustrated.

 “Up to this juncture, there is not any single paracetamol in the hospital, and patients are sent out to go and buy drugs. And that is the difficult situation we are in. When there is an emergency, we struggle to ensure that the patient’s relative reaches the nearby clinic to bring any emergency drug needed. Otherwise, we have no drugs to help the patients.” Anyieth said

Deng Nhial works with Medico Del Mundo, an NGO paying incentives for medical staff at Bor State Hospital declined to comment.

Jonglei state health Minister Atong Kuol Manyang says she is aware of the doctors’ request and apologized for the delay in paying their incentives but urged the hospital’s medical staff to continue working and saving lives, saying the government will soon address their grievances.

 “We know they are right; this is their incentive, and they deserve to be paid that looking at the type of work that they do saving people’s lives, so we know that they work hard, we rely on them for the health of our community, and we know the important role they play within the health sector” she added.

Minister Manyang urges the Bor hospital medical staff to be patient, saying the ministry will resolve their grievances.

Incentives for staff at Bor state hospital range from 100 to 600 US dollars. A medical doctor receives 600 dollars, a clinical officer gets 400 dollars, while nurses and midwives receive 300 dollars.

Eight Fistula patients receive a repair in Juba

The health authority has reported the successful operation of eight patients with fistula cases from Jonglei state who underwent surgery at Juba Teaching Hospital on Friday.

South Sudan Nurses and Midwifery Association initiate the process of providing medication to affected people without charge.

A fistula is a permanent abnormal passageway between two organs in the body, caused mainly by complicated delivery. The UNFPA organization supports the program through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) organization.

Mary Anok is one of the patients who underwent surgery in Juba.

After battling fistula for two years, she shares her happiness through Mingkaman 100 FM and says she is restored.

“I was successfully operated, and I am thankful to the doctors and organizers. I am restored, and do not worry again. Now, I want to tell my fellow women battling fistula in their homes and fear disclosing in the hospital. This is the right time to use these services for free. Comfort is the best, and there is nothing to fear in health.”

Mawut Awan Kuoni is the public relations officer at South Sudan Nurses and Midwifery Association.

He says they are again calling for women with fistula to register with his office in Bor to undergo operations scheduled for the second week of November.

“We are calling on another group to register with us in these two weeks to go for fistula operation. It is free of charge and available for you. You can get me at Bor emergency ward. That is where I work, and I will register your names and get your contact to keep you updated about the day for surgery.”

Kuoi further stated that Amref Health Africa organization will provide free transport and treatment to the registered beneficiaries in the coming operations.

Last year, 200 fistula patients were operated on without cost in Aweil, Northern Bahr El Gazal.

Maiju Baba appointed as new Deputy Information Minister

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has on Tuesday night sacked the Deputy Minister of Information Communications Technology and Postal Services Baba Medan Konyi in a republican decree announced on SSBC.

Dr Jacob Maiju Baba Korok was appointed in Medan’s place as the new Deputy Minister.

Dr Jacob Maiju Korok holds a Bachelor Degree in Veterinary medicine from the University of Zagazig in Egypt and a Master of Veterinary medicine from the University of Khartoum in Sudan.

Prior to his appointment last evening, Dr Jacob was the Director-General in the National Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

No reason was given for the sacking of Baba Medan.

Women Peace and Security Conference host in Juba

On Tuesday, women conference in Juba discuss ways to participates in the peace agreement effectively and nation-building.

The two-day conference brought together top women leaders in the government and private sector. It’s the second annual event women marked in Juba to identify areas that need strengthening to pave the way for sustainable peace in South Sudan.

It called for women to take stock of progress made in the Women Peace and Security agenda, including implementing the R-ARCSS.

The Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Angelina Teny, says there is a need to include grassroots women in the initiatives that empower females.

“There have been a lot of activities being done here in Juba without including the women from the grassroots and the states. These are the implementers who are close with most of our people and our constituencies,” Teny said.

Hon: Teny further stated that women should not be ignored in the security reform as they are the center of the security sector.

“Our security sector has not been transformed since we came from that background of war. We concentrate on other things, but our security sector needs to be transformed to become a professional sector, which allows women to be part of it,” She stated.

Plan International South Sudan Country Director, George Otim, says the future insecurity is the barrier to girls’ access to education and early marriage. He called the stakeholders to ensure such norms that discriminate against gender should be stopped.

“The big issue is the early child force marriage. I know the Minister of gender, child, and social welfare is at the forefront to advance against this course. There is also a National Action Plan to end early child marriages. So, we would like to work together on that matter,” Otim added.

He also urges the government to enforce 30% affirmative action in the private sector and NGOs to ensure women participate fully.

The undersecretary in the national Ministry of Gender, child and social welfare, Esther Ikere, says that women’s voices empower them to be agents of change that provide international activism.

She mentioned that gender equality means fair justice and the distribution of resources equitably. 

She acknowledges the participation of women in the current unity government.

 “Women’s participation in the peace process got better over the years. Women representatives were given secretariat status in the revitalized agreement, which gave them the key roles of stakeholders for monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement”.

The conference hosted 120 participants from different parts of the country, including diplomats and heads of NGOs, CSOs, Women’s groups from, and Academia.

 

South Sudan and Kenya agree to open Nadapal border for trucks

Eastern Equatoria state government and Turkana County of Kenya have agreed to open the Nadapal border as an alternative highway to ease the movement of trucks into South Sudan

The Minister of Information in eastern Equatoria was in the border over the weekend to seal the deal on behalf of his government.

Earlier this month, the two countries reached an agreement to upgrade the roads to ease the movement of goods and services. That road construction said was started last week.

The passenger’s vehicle has been able to access the roads beside trucks due to numerous challenges, including insecurity and poor road condition, a driver said. It’s remained unclear what government would do to improve the situation.

Kenyan trucks drivers used the Nimule highway through Uganda into South Sudan.

Hon Patrick Oting Cyprian, Minister of Information in Eastern Equatoria state. He says the move is part of the Northern Corridor agreement, in which South Sudan was a member. 

We discuss that small piece of land that was supposed to be graded to allow for the Nadapal border to be open so that the tracks can start moving from there because Nimule Border is so congested with so many trucks, he said

Hon Patrick Oting states that the road’s opening will bring about relative peace between the bordering communities. 

“If this border is open, even these issues of counter revenge and cattle raiding will stopInstead of going for raiding, they will consider building the hotel and doing other things. That’s the importance of opening the border to be open, Oting added.

Last week, several people posted on social media stated the Kenyan army crossed inside South Sudan. Authority admitted the move but cautioned that it was not an attempt to invade the country by foreign forces.

Minister, Oting says the Kenyan soldiers were only in Nadapal to patrol the road construction on Thursday last week. He revealed the agreement to allow the South Sudanese army to take charge of the security and safety of construction workers that will enable Kenya to pull back its troops.

Women call for support to fence rice farm in Warrap

A group of women farmers in Warrap state says they need help to protect their rice scheme from being destroyed in Twic county. The group said they have sixteen feddan with rice at various locations in Twic county.

The farms are in the areas of Aweng, Mangok Amuol, and Lol-Kou Ayien Amuol Boma.

Alek Piot Mayol is one of the women’s representatives. She says the rice field are at high risk of being destroyed by livestock.

She said any help to construct a fence around the farms would prevent animals from entering and grazed from their rice farmland.

Ms. Piot called upon the humanitarian agencies working in Warrap state to support fencing or construct dykes that will keep animals away.

The call for assistance came during a commemoration of “International Day of rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19. The day was celebrated in Twic county at Mangok Amuol Boma last week.

Mr. Yai Deng Yai is the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) project coordinator for food security and livelihood in Twic county. He said they supported the groups to plant rice but said they had no funds to construct fences around the farm fields.

Deng said that they did not foresee the risk of animals destroying rice fields but will include that in the next project to continue supporting women in the state.

The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors women and girls living in rural areas on October 15 each year.

The event considered the role rural mothers, daughters, and grandmothers play in producing food and building agricultural and rural development worldwide.

DDR registers 13 child soldiers in Lakes

The Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (DDR) has started the process of screening children associated with the armed forces at Panda military Barack, under South Sudan’s People Defense Forces, SSPDF in Lakes State. The move is part of the revitalized agreement’s implementation.

The Commission say they identified 13 children during the verification process this week who are waiting for a reunion with their parents and relatives.

Meen Mawut is the DDR Commission in Lakes State. He says their investigation found the children have voluntarily joined the army.

“They voluntarily associated themselves with the army because of their personal needs. Some of them join the army to get food,” Mawut said.

The Director further stated that the verification team would report to Juba for the national government to decide on their release.

Mawut called the armed groups to cease recruiting or allowing children to join the army as it’s against child rights.

“They are not supposed to be in the army, and that is why this process is carried out so that the children go back to school. Children are not soldiers because recruitment of children is prohibited, he stated.

The process of screening child soldiers has been ongoing since the signing of the peace agreement in 2018.

UN children’s Organization, UNICEF, and United Nations Mission in South Sudan have been much involved to facilitate the demobilization of children associated with armed forces.

President of Football Association in Bor suspends indefinitely

Local Football Association in Jonglei State has suspended its President this week for allegedly misappropriating more than three thousand dollars. Abraham Ajok Kuol, the President of the Association, denied the allegation.

The Secretary-general of the state football governing body David Kuol Ateny, says the President is suspended until further notices once the investigation is completed.

“We made this suspension according to article 24 Section (E), which gave the board of directors a mandate of suspending any member of the board. Also, in respect to article 69 of the Local Association constitution 2012 amended 2019, we also have a responsibility of opening any legal procedures against any person who has misused the fund of the Association., Ateny said.

Ateny says corruption is unacceptable in the Association’s regulation. He stated that the suspended football president expects to pay back the money once legal procedures are completed.

According to the official, the Association received 3,200 US dollars from well-wishers in July this year. The money meant to improve player ground in Bor.

Kuol says the football management later realized the money was missing from the Association’s account in September.

“We were planning to use this money to level the playing ground as the freedom square now has a lot of water, so we were planning to bring some trips of sand to the place and level so that we run our activities on it,” Kuol added.

The suspended official, Abraham Ajok Kuol, says nothing to prove he had taken the money.

“I have got nothing to prove, but I am following the right procedures, so as I said, I am not saying anything about it,” Ajok said on the phone.

Last year, the former President of the South Sudan Football Federation, Chabur Goc Alei, was banned for ten years by FIFA. He was accused of corruption, misappropriation of funds, and bribery.

Kapoeta & Aweil celebrate Rural Women’s Day

Community of Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria have celebrated International Rural Women’s day under the Theme “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

The day is commemorated on Oct 15 globally to recognize the role of rural women in development and food security to end poverty. Several women display their produces during the event in Kapoeta and Aweil towns in South Sudan.

Lore Josephine is the senior Gender base Violence officer working for an Alight organization in Kapoeta.

She says the government and partners should work together to support women in the field of Agriculture to reduce hunger in the state.

“For us to make these women silver, we need to provide complete protection to them whenever they are going to get their tools. Women and girls are exposed to danger, and they need full protection to ensure they realize their dream,” she said.

The Deputy Chairlady of Kapoeta Women Association encourages fellow females to participate in agricultural activities to produce enough food for their families.

Cecilia Namoi Achuma says Agriculture is the country’s backbone, and every person should engage in it rather than depending on humanitarian support.

Several women and girls also turnout to celebrates the day in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. They expressed willingness to produces food despite devastated flooding that destroyed their crops.

Some women spokes to Akol Yam 91.0 FM Aweil.

“We are happy that the partners and our government have recognized us today. We are very people who suffer and facing a lot of challenges, especially home responsibilities. We are asking for support like seeds, farming skills for us to produces our food”.

“We need farming tools and skill so that we can plant more vegetables and reliance on our own.

“Our government will be able to get back to us with good information because we are now expecting to be trained on planting vegetables and finding food for our families.”

Northern Bahr Ghazal state minister of agriculture Anei Deng Akok says he will work with partners to empower rural women.

Deng started his ministry mandate to implement a food security project to provide rural women with training and other supports.

The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors women and girls living in rural areas on Oct 15 each year. It recognizes the considerable role that rural mothers, daughters, and grandmothers play in producing food and building agricultural and rural development worldwide.

Civil servants receives the missing month’s salary in Aweil

The civil servants in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state have started receiving the missing month salary on Friday.

The workers union in NBG has been calling for investigation over unpaid one month salary after the national Ministry of Finance released a document indicated that civil servants will receive May and June salaries. But the state paid only one month. The matter creates controversy between the state government and its employees.

Chol Dut Diing, the chairperson of workers, welcomes the state authority’s decision to fulfill the demand of civil servants. He says the payment came after payroll reviews as salary missing caused confusion between workers and the state finance ministry.

“This week, we decided to make general revisions on the payroll of previous months. I confirm now civil servants have started receiving their salary, and civil servants don’t have any money missing anymore,” Dut said.

The Director-General in the state ministry of finance, John Korol Dut the says the money paid to the workers is for June 2021’s salary. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Finance in NBGs has denied the report of one month’s missing salary. It’s unclear how they recover the money.

Korol says the civil servants still demand four months’ wages from the government, including July, August, September, and October 2021.

“As I said early this week, we don’t have money missed in the state altogether. I want to repeat to myself that the national government did not release money in august. We in the state pushed cash from August, June, and September 2021 after receiving them today. Our civil servants will not complain again,” Korol stated.

In July this year, President Salva Kiir ordered the increase of Civil Servant salary to 100 percent. The ministry of labor said that increment of salary structure would be effective this month, October 2021.