Women in Hiyala Payam get new maternal ward
The community in Mura-Hatiha Boma of Hiyala Payam, Torit County, received a new maternal facility on Thursday.
The facility was constructed by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan as part of the Quick Impact Project.
It is a project that aims to provide services to communities based on their needs.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Ohisa Anthony, the community chairperson, acknowledged the importance of maternity as it will serve the entire 13 neighbouring villages.
“This unit is going to help all of us, not only the residents of Mura-Hatiha but also the neighbouring villages,” he said.
“We have like 13 villages that surround Mura-Hatiha village. We have Hidonge village; we have Tirangore and Haforieri; we also have Ibele,” he said.
According to the community leader, the presence of the maternity ward in the area will bring an end to the suffering of women and girls who often trek long distances to Torit for delivery.
However, Ohisa requested that the administration of Torit County Health Department employ enough medical personnel to manage the facility.
He said the women would still travel up to Torit if there were no midwives assigned to the ward.
Ayoyo Mary, a woman who hails from the area, said the women had been facing a lot of challenges, especially during the delivery.
“When a woman wants to deliver and there are difficulties it takes a long time to prepare a referral to the state hospital.”
Gui St John Griffins, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan head of field office in Eastern Equatoria State, said such projects are supported to help meet the priority of the people such maternal health and reproductive.