Egypt commences upgrade of Juba-based health facility

Egypt commences upgrade of Juba-based health facility

By Kitab Unango
The Egyptian government has announced plans to upgrade its clinic in the South Sudan capital Juba to provide intensive healthcare services to all, including that which are only accessible outside the country.
The Egyptian Ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Mohamed Kadah said on Thursday the health unit will significantly reduce number of South Sudanese seeking treatments in Egypt and other parts of the world.
“No doubt it will reduce the number of those seeking treatment in Egypt and elsewhere. We’re coordinating with officials from South Sudan’s Ministry of Health to hopefully inaugurate the unit in a few weeks’ time,” Kadah said.
The Egyptian clinic that has existed in Juba for nearly ten years, will this time have various health departments including pediatrics and general surgery as well as dentistry.
South Sudan is one of the African countries with poor health system, with most of its citizens seeking intensive healthcare in neighboring and other foreign countries.
Kadah said Egypt would also introduce mobile clinic to take health services closure to thousands of vulnerable South Sudanese in need of healthcare in remote parts of the country.
The Egyptian top officials however countered alleged information that associated Egypt health service with malpractices leading to mistrust among locals regarding its health services in the country.
Egypt has a long history of health malpractice and unethical handling of patients, especially those that are not of Egyptian descend.
Kadah conceded that his country held reputation for such malpractice and abandoned it only three years ago.
The Ambassador said the removal of human organs was a past practice among immigrants in 2015 -2017 when late President Mohamed Morsi was in power and that South Sudanese should access their healthcare service without doubt or fear.
“This is something from the past. it is not happening I assure you. Truly, it is not happening today,” said Kadah.
To people who have been to Egyptian health facility, Kadah’s assurance is a blend of propaganda and public relations.
Contrary to the ambassador’s statement, a South Sudanese student who was in Egyptian on government scholarship narrated last year that the health malpractice against foreigners was still prevailing.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, Egyptian has donated consignments of assorted medical equipment to South Sudan and promised to continue to do so in solidarity with the people of South Sudan.
It has also offered number of scholarships to young South Sudanese in the field of medicine as parts of building and strengthening capacity of health system in the war-ravaged South Sudan.

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