Warrap: 21 wounded patients lack medication in Romic

Health authorities in Warrap State’s Romic County have reported that at least 21 patients wounded during the communal violence in Tonj East have stranded without prescription.

The hospital said it run out of drugs to treat the patients and all road cutoff to get more supply.

It calls for the government quick intervention to save the lives of those patients.

Patients wounded during the communal clashes in Luangjang, Thiik and Akok find it difficult to recover as the hospital reported a lack of drugs to treat them. Some of the patients have  broken injuries which requires proper treatment. 

The director of hospital in Romic County Mr Manyang Makuc Machiek said the facility do not have anti-biotic to help the patients.

Makuc stated that some patients had left the hospital to seek the traditional medication, which could not be advisable but no option.

“In Romic here have no possibility for them to go to Tonj South, Wau, or elsewhere because the road is impassable. Even Marial Lou is not accessible because it is in the route where the conflict erupted. So, it is a terrible situation,” He said.

Some patients spokes to Mayardit FM. They said the hospital advised them to buy drugs from a private clinic, but all were looted during the fighting.

They call on  the government to urgent intervention to safe lives that are  at risk.

There are no drugs in the hospital, which has forced some of the patients to go home and follow the traditional treatment. So, we are suffering because the entire market was looted” 

The authority has promised that the International Committee Red Cross is making arrangements to supply drugs.

Warrap State Governor- Hon: Bona Panek Biar said  the patients with serious gunshots will be flown to Juba for further medication.

But he could not mention the timeline.

”We have talked to ICRC on how they are to airlifted the patients. And this is what we are following now. ICRC is the one to airlift them, and directly they are communicating with their head office in Juba. This is because they also fear their lives. They have found that people are killed in Tonj.” Panek said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross –ICRC has expressed concern about the situation of the wounded persons left without drugs. It said discussion underway with the authority to rescue the patients.

Awan Community contribute 7,000 US dollar to support flood victims

The Awan Chan community in Warrap State have contributed 7,000 dollars to support internally displaced persons affected by flood in the remote villages.  Seven thousand US dollars were donated after the committee formed to lead the fundraising initiative.

The committee’s leading member said the money contributed will be used to buy medicines, food items, and non – food items to support affected families.

Committee representative Garang Bol Akoon promised that the contribution would continue until the target amount of 15 thousand US dollars reach.

“We are almost done because there are some people that have made pledges. So, we wouldn’t again stay here for two weeks before we take the support home. And if our targeted amount is not met, then we will go with what we have. We decided this because people didn’t cultivate due to flooding with its associated diseases” Bol stated.

Member of the community leader of the Awan Chan community Mr. Agau Agau Lual, has welcomed the contribution. He urged the committee to consider food assistance as a “priority”.

“I am truly excited and NOT only me but the entire community of Awan Chan that includes Akon South and North for the great contribution have they done. This support will help those in need wouldn’t be enough. It plays some role. So, we deeply appreciate them”Agau said.

Lual says, thirty-one villages have been affected, and many farms destroyed in the area starting from July this year.

The selected committee task for fundraising explained that their target beneficiaries for the funds are Akon North and Akon South Payams of the Awan Chan community.

The severe flooding in South Sudan has forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes since July, according to the United Nations. Most places affected include Jonglei, Upper, Unity, and part of the Bahr El gazal region.

Fall armyworm destroy nearly fifty farms in Warrap

Crops pest known as “fall army-worm” has smashed forty-nine small scale farms at Ajak Kuac Payam, in Warrap State

Local farmers reported that their farms were simultaneously destroyed by the fall-army-worm.

Some of the farmers complaints that the insects has invaded their crops. Adding that they would not  have good harvest this year because the pests have eaten crops which they planted”.

“It changes the color of the crops to blackish like the wild grains and loses the grain. It also pierces the leaves of the sorghum and maize and ends up losing them. We thought these farms were going to help the producers and those who don’t have, but now we are back to square one where no one will help the other” Public concerned.

Officials from the ministry of agriculture in Warrap State said they have been informed and had dispatched a team to visit the areas and to assess the damage.

Peter Madut Amet is the director of agriculture. He explained that the monitoring system team is expected to see the level of destruction and promised to support the farmers after the outcome the assessment.

“We will support some of them with the fishing tools, and others will tool for growing the vegetables, and we have sent out the assessment team. It will collect the data, and these data will be sent to Juba for action on the destruction,” Madut said.

Last month, many villages in Warrap State  flooded, displacing people from their and farms destroyed in Tonj East County.

Abyei hospital blamed for admitting two patients in a single bed

The Abyei Hospital patients blamed the unfolding policy permitting two to three patients to sleep on a single bed.

The hospital admission ward has only eight beds. One bed-stead is allotted to more than two patients during their treatment.

Lack of enough beds in the hospital has caused anxiety because it is against health policy that clearly states that only one person is to receive medication in a bed.

Some patients received their medication on the floor exposing them to a mosquito bite, hence Malaria infection.

Mrs. Aluel, a mother of a one-year-old child, admitted to the hospital expressed her worries when she was asked to share one bed with another patient. “Another woman with her baby and I were put in one bed. It had one mosquito net that we shared.

“This is unfair, to share a bed with someone you don’t know, and both of you are sick! Insufficient space will endanger our lives. We fear contracting other diseases like COVID-19 and skin diseases”. 

Nyankiir Mijok, one of the patients who brought her sick two years old child said her and other caretakers lie down on the floor just without mattresses nor mosquito net.

I have never seen such a situation in my life ever. It is only God to protect us. We always hear of ways people contracted Coronavirus,  by coming closer to one another” Said Mijok.

Now, where is the protection here? I asked doctors here, and they did not answer me. The only person told me that it is a condition that forces them.’’ Nyankiir lamented.

This move was a result of an increasing number of patients according to the hospital officials.

The Director of Abyei Hospital, Mr. Tito Dau, acknowledged the situation citing an unexpected increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at the center. He claimed that more than twenty patients were being admitted with Malaria cases almost daily.

The hospital admitted that there is “no other way to admit the patients than sharing beds.”

“The concern has been shared with health partners to increase the number of beds. It is true, patients shared beds. It is because the number of patients admitted per day is bigger compared to the number of beds in the wards. We admitted more than twenty per day. This number is big. And the majority of them suffered from malaria. I have already informed the administration and health partners about this. And so, the best way is to protect them from a mosquito bite to prevent malaria infection”.

Health doctors empathized that parents should take care of themselves and their children against mosquitoes during these rainy seasons by ridding their surroundings of tall grass where mosquitoes live.

South Sudan experienced shortages of medical facilities and skilled health personnel with a limited supply of medicine. According to the Ministry of Health, South Sudan has about 120 medical doctors and just over 100 registered nurses for an estimated population of nearly nine million people.

Fresh food produce boost the markets, drops prices in Warrap State  

Customers in Warrap’s local markets are experiencing a gradual reduction in food prices as more fresh food is being harvested.

Some residents told Mayardit FM that one malwa of sorghum  now costs 1,200SSP that was previously sold at 200SSP. 

The demand for grains, especially sorghum, has reduced after local farmers harvested their produce after four months farming.

Some buyers expressed the hope of feed their families saying that only few people would purchase food from the market.

“Even though the food harvested is small, we are happy that prices have reduced. Maize, millet, sorghum, and even vegetables are already in the market and eat at home. So this is why the price has declined. This reduction is gradually, and we are expecting more drop as more fresh products are yielding.” Buyers happily explained.

A trader in Turalei market, Mr. Gor Deng Gor, said his business has badly been affected. He lamented that a day could pass without a client buying his Dura (Sorghum). He said that the people residing in the towns are still buying, but village residents no longer meet their customers.

‘’There are indications that local foods have become ready for consumption. The factual information is that not all people have cultivated because people residing in the markets do not have farms to eat, even though their farms are located in the villages. So the prices are reducing yes, but will be to the level it goes up to 300 SSP, ‘’Gor said.

While in Kwajok market, the cost of Malwa for dura is has come down from 2,000SSP to 1,000SSP with excepton of rice, maize, and wheat flour that still remain expensive.

Female students face tough questions to fulfill their needs. 

Schoolgirls in Warrap state faced resistance from parents to avail the needs that could keep them hygienic in public and education centers.

Some not find it easy to buy sanitary parts and feel shy to explain to the parents that a “student spokes out,” mature girls have monthly demands that parents are supposed to avail without excuse.”

A female student said she could wear an inner cloth or always protect the period’s visibility on an outer cloth to avoid embarrassment.

Mayardit FM spokes to some school girls and explained the situation many of them have gone through, calling for an end to such practices.

Nagai Ring, a senior student in Aweng secondary school. “Parents always ask, you need money for what and you have clothed and shoe? What are you going to do with the money? These are questions parents ask us, the girls. They forget that we have other things to buy apart from clothing, shoe, and food. There are somethings we cannot say by name to our fathers, unlike the mother,” she narrated.

Another student Ms Aluong Akech. She said only her brother’s wife is a solution to make needs available. Aluong said she could tell her brother’s wife that “month, month” aah, and she can understand. 

“When I say this, my brother’s wife understands that I need always. She can understand my monthly period is on. With this, I can imagine how my fellow girls suffer when in need of sanitary parts,” Along jokily told Mayardit FM.

The 3rd student who refused to be named said she felt very ashamed to ask for money every month from her dad and brother.

“It is very difficult to tell your father or brother that I always need. And sometimes when say it by name, some parents say, this is not a problem. I cannot give you money to go and buy just something to protect your period from being known. Lack of always prevents us from going to school because when you go to school, it may appear on the cloth and people, especially boys, may laugh at you and therefore, you will become embarrassed,” she mentioned.

Head Teacher of Aweng Secondary school, Mathiang Duor Mathiang, said some parents only know paying for school fees but do not provide other needs for their daughters, which he discouraged.

He stated that girls of adolescent age have more demands than boys, and their demand should be fulfilled.

“Many girls drop out of school because their demands are always not met by their parents. It is sometimes the NGOs that support girl education. Girls need soap, and they need body lotion, they always or liners and others. These are taken very less by the parents, and these are supposed to be top priorities before other things. Mathiang added.

The schoolgirls speak out during the distribution of hygiene kits this week by the National NGO known as Humanity of Friends-HoF.

Unity State collects 600 cows to compensate people killed in Warrap State

Authority in Unity State reported that it had collected six hundred cows to pay for the blood of people recently killed in Gomgoi, Ajak Kuach Payam.

The cows seized from the suspects’ families linked to the incident that left two women and two children dead on 31 August this year.

The executive director for Mayom County, Gadet Gany Madut, said the initiative was part of the implementation of Northern Corridor Peace Agreement signed last year.

The Agreement signed in 2018 between Unity, Warrap States, and Abyei Administrative area set term for compensation for any one killed along the common borders of these areas. 

The terms of the Agreements stated that, “Any person killed in self-defence from any community shall be compensated but not any attacker  killed”. 

Officials from Unity State said the cattle were to be handed over to Twic County Authority but no  date was set for the hand-over.

Mr. Gany said the two suspects were identified after they arrived home with gunshot wounds. Both suspects eventually succumbed to their injuries.

 “I apologize to the families of the deceased. Those who committed this crime did not agree with the community and did it in certain people’s names. As a government we agree for what happened. We are searching for the suspects, and this compensation includes those who are wounded”, Gany said.

In response, the Executive Director for Ajak Kuac Payam, Simon Aguejok Aguejok welcomed the move.

Simon claimed that the authority in Warrap State has never registered any death committed recently.

We informed our people that the law must be respected if anyone coming to Mayom County must ask himself, and he can be accompanied to Akotong, and no one can touch him. If a person is traveling from Aneet, he must report himself to Majak Military barrack to accompany him to Ajak town and be accompanied to his last destination. We told them to avoid movement at night and move at day time,” Aguek Jok stated.

Last weekend, former head of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in defunct Bul West County was reportedly killed in a road ambush in the Bombiel area. The suspect has not been arrested but, authority in Unity asks its neighboring Warrap State to investigate the incident.

Public Warns on Misuse of National Flag at Private Festivals

Turalei former youth leader Daniel Bol Thel on Tuesday has protested against the misuse of the South Sudan national flag on private occasions which he labeled “unconstitutional”. Warning against the misrepresentation of the national flag came because some people randomly use it at kraals, local brewing sites, and wedding ceremonies.

South Sudan’s national flag constitutionally represents the blood that was shed for the independence of the country, Unity, agricultural, natural wealth, and the land.

Mr. Bol said distortion of the flag was so disturbing because the flag should be raised up mostly in public institutions including offices and schools. The flag was rampantly being used in “unofficial events. The flag represents the country as a whole, not individuals he said should be respected and protected” he illustrated.

“You could find that one has risen the flag at the shop, not logical. Even at home, people raise the national flag. This has gone for many years, and we thought it is still a new nation, but they have stuck to it now. That is why I decided to talk about it. We need it to stop.”

Citizens’ anticipation

Some business people who put a flag in their compound said that they did not know that the national flag couldn’t use privately. They admitted the mistake.

Resident in Twice County Kuol Deng Kuol said they felt proud to use the national flag because of their pride toward the nation.

“It was just pride for our country, South Sudan that is why we use them at weddings. Before the country south Sudan got independence, we have been using a clan flag during the wedding. When we became an independent state, we adopt the use of flags because it is beautiful,” Kuol explained.

Legal concerns

Advocate William Mapiu Ayuel appreciated those concerns risen against the flag. He disclosed that the flag is one of the national identities. No individual constitutionally could use the national identities in his or her events.

Mapiu said “it is used in public institutions like schools, hospitals, County, states, and others. Number two is used in the national events or national celebrations but to take it for yourself like at the wedding, it is unbecoming, and it shows that you don’t respect it.”

The South Sudan transitional constitution of 2011, article 7, emblem, national anthem, coat of arms, public seal, medals, festivals, and commemorations of the State shall be prescribed by law.

Patients to Pay for Tests at Mother Teresa Hospital

A church supported hospital has introduced new testing fees for outpatients to pay before accessing medical service. The move did not welcome by the community, and they asked the government to intervene.

Mother Teresa hospital said patients would now pay 500 Pound for tests of typhoid and brucellosis. The malaria test goes for 100 Pound according to the official.

The hospital is located in Turalei area of Warrap state. It has been offering free services to local people for more than ten years. But the new changes make communities worrying this time.

They say local people could not afford the cost and urge the government to address their concerns.

“This is the surprising thing because five hundred pounds is too much in this tough time in which seeking food is the major thing,” Akur Deng Dut, a resident in Turalei Payam, has said.

Another resident in Turalei Mr. Nyuol Mangok questioned why there was no 

“They should explain why, and this decision should have been made public before implementation. Before, patients have been getting treatment here for free. We have only been paying the registration fee of 50 pounds, but now five hundred is a lot” The only thing we suppose to pay attention to is going outside and buy drugs that are not in the hospital and not paying for the test. So what is the difference between public and private clinics.”Mam Deng Nyuol said.

The hospital argues that its decision came after funds for free medication cut off, and the new fees will help recover the cost.

Ajongo Majok Ajong is a doctor at Mother Teresa hospital. He said patients would only pay testing fees for three diseases includes malaria, brucellosis, and typhoid.

He said the doctor would not attend to the patient without payment being made.

I want to say is that it is good for those visiting the hospital to carry little money even if you don’t know that something is going to be needed. You can have something so that you could be able to pay if charges ask from you”, Majok said.

The County health department distance itself from the move said not aware of the new changes hospital applied. 

Health Coordinator of Twic County, Barac Achuil Rual mentioned that hospitals in Twic County under government deliver free health services.

Public hospitals in Twic are free. We have a health part that provides free healthcare services. If this is happening now, investigate vestigates why the Mother Teresa hospital is doing this.” He stated

Mayardit FM also spoke to hospital administrator Martin Maker Gor. He said the payment is a cost-sharing to meet the gape. And the HPF phase three does not cover all the hospital expenses.

“We did not want to tell our patients to go and do test outside and come back; instead of that, we ask the cost-sharing sharing. Outside test cost 1000 pounds and here cost less, and we give free treatment,” Martin said.

The hospital has been treated over 100 people daily. It’s not clear what the number would be after fees imposed on patients.