Dr Majur blasts cut of health budgetary allocation

The Ministry of Health has lamented what it describes as the negligence of the health sector in the allocation of budget, which it says affects the overall delivery of healthcare services in South Sudan.

The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Victor Majur, said fighting endemic malaria and malnutrition among the children and the prevention of maternal and child morbidity would be significantly affected due to the ministry’s low budget.

“The overall budget for health has declined from 7.9 per cent to less than 4 per cent and this is really serious for us in the health sector”, Dr. Majur said. “We call on the parliamentarians to join hands with the ministry of health to really push [its budget increment]”. 

In September, the lawmakers allocated less than SSP 34.7 billion out of the SSP 1.4 trillion fiscal budget to the health sector with over SSP 138.38 billion for public administration sectors which include the ministry of presidential affairs, cabinet ministry, and foreign affairs ministry.

Speaking during the launch of the South Sudan Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Juba on Friday, Majur said the cut on funding had far-reaching negative consequences.

South Sudan Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was launched on Friday by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Program (WFP) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Transitional National Legislative Assembly.

According to the UN in South Sudan, 28.5 per cent of women of reproductive age are suffering from acute malnutrition, and 40 per cent of reproductive-age women in the country are anemic, jeopardising pregnancy outcomes and having a significant negative impact on the survival and nutrition status of the newborn.

“We have seen food insecurity rise to alarming levels where two-thirds of the population in South Sudan are facing acute levels of hunger as the climate crisis exacerbates high levels of food insecurity caused by the continuing conflict and the global food crisis”, Adeyinka Badejo, WFP South Sudan Acting Country Director, said.

South Sudan has one of the poorest health sectors on the continent and relies on partners to fund service delivery to thousands of vulnerable in across the country.