Israel rolls out facelift of Juba Teaching Hospital emergency ward

Israel rolls out facelift of Juba Teaching Hospital emergency ward
Engineers fixing the interior of the ward at Juba Teaching Hospital. [Yiep Joseph, The City Review]

Israel has begun the renovation of the emergency ward at Juba Teaching Hospital into a modern one. 

Speaking to The City Review during the supervision of the ongoing renovation, Israel Ambassador to South Sudan, Gershon Kedar, said Tel Aviv was putting up modern equipment and training staff to complete the facelift initiative.

“In June we signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry of health for the project we are going to see soon which is the upgrading, rebuilding and refixing and emergency unit of Juba Teaching hospital.

We have started doing everything, drywall ceiling, air-conditioning, electricity, there will be a new floor over the existing floor,” Gershon said.   

He added that as part of their commitment to improving the health sector in South Sudan, doctors would also be trained to operate the modern equipment they intend to install at the hospital.

“We will bring expert trainers to do a training course for all the people who will be involved in this particular unit, doctors, nurses, administrators,” the ambassador said.

He said the experts would explain how the modern equipment will be used and also provide a protocol on how to manage a modern emergency unit.

The trainees will be between 30 to 40. 

He added that the ward would contain six modern beds with oxygen for handling critical cases.

“We shall have six modern beds at the emergency room, it sounds like a small number but these are modern ones with oxygen,” he said.

“With these six modern beds many people can be rescued and help and save many lives,” the Israeli envoy said.

He said the ward would be renovated and equipped with first-hand materials.

“All the best equipment will be useful in this project, we do not use anything that has been used before else, we only bring new equipment t now used in Israeli hospitals,” he said.

 Ambassador Gershon revealed that the renovation is under the direct control of their engineers adding there was a commitment on the ground. 

“We brought the equipment two weeks ago and our team arrived last Friday morning and at noon they started working, so we have a lot of building work and the next state will be on medical equipment sorting everything else,” he said.

“It is not an issue of bringing equipment and people should also train those who will the equipment,” he added.

However, he did not mention how much it would cost the Israeli government to finish the job.

“We are talking about a project of a few hundred thousand dollars but beyond the money, I think that what is most important is the issue of experts who will be sharing the knowledge,” he said.

“We are expecting that the treatment of people who are severely injured will be much better using the equipment and utilising the knowledge,” he added.