Government, WHO launch health Multisector Coordination platform

By Bida Elly David

The government of South Sudan in conjunction with the Word Health Organization (WHO) yesterday launched and formalizes South Sudan’s one health multispectral Coordination platform aimed at mitigating health insecurity to both human beings and animals.

The function was attended by number of participants such as high government officials from various ministries, national and international organizations operating in the Country.

Speaking during the launch, National Health Minister, Yolanda Wel Deng said that launching of the platform would help with inclusive responses from partners in mitigating medical issues impacting citizens in the nation.

She said South Sudan is a Country that has severally been impeded by number of health challenges that mad government to crawle on the ground to mitigate them noting that the platform would enable external partners to aid the Country from medical turmoil.

“We have not been connecting well with partners in the health sector. Last week I declared Cholera outbreak in Malakal especially at the PoC yet wet season has not yet begun but we already battling with the disease and we are going to see more of that,” she said.

Minister Yolanda however said that through the platform network signed with the international partner, South Sudan would be included among countries to be aided from deadly medical outbreaks.

She further said that another factor that faces South Sudan medical system is the retention of skills concerning emergency response to medical insecurity noting that collaboration with the international team would rescue South Sudan from the challenge.

Yolanda added that South Sudan is among Countries with largest number of livestock batting health issues that need emergency response to cub the epidemic.

“In regards to health security, 99% of diseases that come through need joint efforts to save our livestock from diseases through the skills we have in all these sectors,” she said

However, Yolanda said that the health security platform signed would enable South Sudan learn more from the global technocrats who would be training medical personnel in various sectors.

She also raised climate change problems in South Sudan saying that it does not only affect the environment but also human and animal health.

The health minister underscored that her ministry is in close relation with other ministries especially ministry of environment and water to fight pollution.

On his part, Dr. Fabian Ndenzako the Country Director of the World health organization (WHO) demonstrated will to stand with South Sudan in strengthening the heath sector.

He said that South Sudan has been one of the luckiest countries to be included in the global health security platform where it will be liable for rescue in case of emergency.

He appreciated the country’s leadership for having signed the document with the international partners for inclusivity.

Meanwhile cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro, the representative of the government appreciated the international partners especially the WHO towards their recognition of South Sudan in the global health security management platform.

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