WHO commences South Sudan breakthrough in midwifery
October 22nd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan has made a significant breakthrough towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in midwifery according to the Regional Director of the World Health Organization during a visit to Wau state in Western Bahr Al-Ghazal state
Speaking on Sunday after visiting health facilities in Wau town, South Sudan’s Western Bahr Al-Ghazal state, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, said she is profoundly encouraged by the growing number of midwives that are getting trained in the healthcare professions.
The representative of the World Health Organizations noted that the number of specialized doctors had gone from nine skilled midwives, trained following the secession of South Sudan from Sudan to about 700 midwives at the moment.
“Today, I went to Wau state in South Sudan and saw progress in health in action. Africa’s youngest country has gone from 9 skilled midwives at independence in 2011 to almost 700 now. That’s a big stride towards UHC,” she said.
Since the country got independence in 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) has been at forefront offering essential skills on key health issues, some of these skills and services include hygiene promotion, prevention of an outbreak of diseases, protecting the health status of people and provides strategic operations in South Sudan.
In mid October, the South Sudanese Ministry of Health with technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first ever laboratory test for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in response to suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease.