The health authorities in Morobo County in Central Equatoria State on Monday received a consignment of medical supplies from UNICEF.
The director of health in the county, James Malish, told Radio Tamazuj Tuesday that the donation included several boxes of anti-malarial drugs, pain killers, and mosquito nets among others.
“These medical supplies reached us yesterday (Monday) and we are very happy. They are mostly anti-malaria drugs and mosquito nets and it will help a lot because we had run out of stock,” he said. “We are going to distribute these drugs to the health facilities in the payams according to the number of health facilities.”
“The commonest diseases in Morobo County are malaria followed by diarrhea and pneumonia and other respiratory diseases because of the cold here,” Malish added.
He urged the population in the county to make use of the health facilities as drugs are now available.
Baibai Moses, a resident of Morobo town, welcomed the donation of medical supplies and appreciated UNICEF for having the people of Morobo County in mind.
“Currently, there people coming back from Uganda and Congo to resettle back home in Morobo and yet the number of medical services are limited,” he said. Some people are marginalized in the far locations like Kimba, Yondu, Udabi, and Lujele and the government should ensure that health services reach them through mobile outreach services.”
“The government also has to ensure that these drugs are well managed otherwise they will end up being sold in Uganda or D.R Congo” he added.
According to Baibai, the relative peace and stability in the area have seen people return to their homes and some of the medical centers need rehabilitation and staffing.
Morobo County is one of the counties in Central Equatoria State that was severely affected by the 2016 conflict which displaced thousands into neighboring Uganda and D.R Congo.
Source: Radio Tamazuj