Family of former Sudan army chief dismiss death reports

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The family of South Sudan’s army chief of staff, General James Ajonga Mawut have dismissed reports alleging he died in a neighbouring nation.
They described the reports circulating as a “blessing” to Ajonga.
“From onset we would like to state categorically that there is nothing much to worry about and to inform the general public that your son and leader, General James Ajonga is responding well and will soon return home to live among his people and continue to (…)


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24,000 children in S. Sudan facing retarded growth: UNHCR

March 4, 2018 (JUBA) – More than 24,000 of refugee children under five years in South Sudan suffer from growth retardation, a nutrition survey done by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) shows. The agency said the survey, which was conducted among refugee children under five in eight refugee camps and settlements across South Sudan in December 2017 revealed that 6.2 per cent or 3,391 out of the total of 54,172 refugee children under 5 years old were suffering from acute malnutrition. (…)


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S. Sudan lawyer appeals for businessman John Agou’s release

February 8, 2018 (JUBA) – The lawyer representing jailed South Sudanese businessman, John Agou Wuoi has openly appealed to President Salva Kiir to pardon the latter, citing his poor health condition.
Reech Ring Bol, a Senior Counsel and Commissioner for Oath, said Agou suffers from multiple sicknesses and should be pardoned on health and humanitarian grounds.
“John Agou was found having a lot of diseases, is now physically very weak and needs an urgent intervention,” told Eye Radio.
Agou is (…)


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S. Sudan lauds China’s contribution to health sector

January 11, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has commended China’s contribution to the country’s health sector.
The health minister, Riek Gai Kok said good relations between South Sudan and China have positively impacted on the health sector.
“Our relation with China is very excellent and we have seen what China has done to this country in the past six years,” said Kok, while inspecting a China-aided project for modernization and expansion of Juba Teaching Hospital, the country’s (…)


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Mystery disease kills three in South Sudan, says WHO

January 8, 2017 (JUBA) – A suspected viral hemorrhagic fever has killed at least three people while 60 of their contacts are being monitored for any infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in a statement issued on Monday this week.
The agency said the three, who included a pregnant woman, teenage girl and a boy from a village in South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes state, succumbed to the fever in December last year.
“No tissue or blood samples were collected from their bodies for (…)


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S. Sudan says closer to eradicating guinea worm

December 12, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan is closer to eradicating the guinea worm disease in the country, top officials said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a guinea worn eradication evaluation symposium in the capital, Juba, First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai emphasised the need to strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent the disease from resurfacing since the country registered no case in the last one year.
“As we celebrate today I wish that you re-examine the teams, mechanisms and models that (…)


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Over 170,000 benefit from IOM’s health services in S. Sudan

November 26, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 171,000 civilians and their host communities have benefitted from the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency (IOM).
“The expansion of services is a crucial development in South Sudan, where internally displaced persons, such as those living in the PoC [Protection of Civilian] sites, are among key populations that are considered to be at higher-risk of contracting HIV/AIDS,” said Salma Taher, IOM’s Global Fund (…)


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