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Juba Teaching Hospital congested

Author : | Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Juba Teaching Hospital is in urgent need of more hospital beds and patient- accommodations, a senior doctor at the hospital in Juba has said.

“Juba’s rapid population increase has caused a crisis at the hospital,” Dr. Mapuor Mading Mayen from the Emergency and Accident department told Eye Radio.

“We find it very hard to accommodate this quite number of patients, and that is why our people on the street they say Juba Teaching Hospital is not taking good care of people.

“Sometime when you bring your patient to Hospital, the relative of the patients quarrel with the Doctor, saying, ‘why do you admit my relative on the floor?’

“It’s because we don’t have enough space, we don’t have enough Beds.

Juba Teaching Hospital, the only government national hospital built in 1972, is said to have a small capacity. Since the CPA was signed in 2005, Juba city has attracted many people from rural areas looking for work.

“If you compare the population in 2005 and the population in Juba city today, there is quite difference. It cannot accommodate this population now.”

Dr. Mayen also said that as well as increased accommodation, the government must provide medical equipment to the hospital, to improve patient care.

There are about four to five general surgeons and two orthopedic surgeons at the hospital.

“We refer patients outside the country not because there are no specialist but because there are no equipment for them to work,” Dr. Mayen added. “They can treat their own people.”

In his second Independence Day speech, President Salva Kiir said that he believes that citizens in South Sudan deserve better medical treatment.

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