The Citizen (Juba)

30 December 2011

Sudan: Victims of Lou Nuer-Murle Tribal Fight Arrives Juba

Juba — At least seventy wounded Murle victims of Lou Nuer attack were yesterday flown to Juba teaching hospital for further treatment making the figure of those injured during the clashes in Lukangol payam Pibor County to rise to 88 in the hospital.

The Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Yatta Loli Lugar visited the hospital to witness arrangement of emergency facilities organized by the hospital for receiving the victims who were wounded during the attack.

Juba Hospital is in its full capacity that requires emergency wards for receiving large number of people wounded during the Lou Nuer attack on Murle in Jonglei State.

Dr. Lugar said that he was shocked when he saw a woman who was wounded and her baby shot on the leg and next to her was a baby whose mother and father were believed to have been killed.

The Minister condemned the attackers saying that people should forget inter-tribal conflict, describing it as primitive that would not help to develop this country.

He emphasized that people should embark on development in all sectors instead of engaging in baseless conflicts which cause loss of lives.

Lugar said plans to upgrade the facilities of Juba Hospital are on the way because its capacity is now very low to hold big size of population in the city.

He also said that there is a plan to construct a new hospital to be named Dr. John Garang International Hospital east of river Nile which will start next year.

The Deputy Minister appreciated the effort of the World Health Organization for facilitating transportation of the victims of the attack to Juba Hospital to receive further treatment.

Meanwhile other patients admitted to Juba Teaching Hospital complained of inadequate drugs and other medical facilities in the hospital for treating them.

They blamed the doctors for diverting drugs from the hospital to their private clinics for personal gains. However the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital Kajomsuk Abdalla dismissed the allegation of drugs mismanagement saying that doctors are working very hard despite limited number of medical personnel.

He said lack of medical personnel and limited facilities are the major challenges that hinder services delivery to the public.

However the Deputy Minister encouraged the doctors to work harder for the sake of saving lives of the citizens as lack of medical personnel is experienced countrywide, thus the government is working day and night to ensure that the gap is bridged.

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