Juba, 05 October, 2019 / 2:36 am (ACI Africa).
As the government of South Sudan works toward the realization of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity with the opposition slated to take place next month amid challenges such as a struggling economy, massive humanitarian crisis, and diseases, the partnership between the Juba-based government and Egypt to combat Hepatitis is seen as good news, a Juba-based Catholic doctor has observed.
"The Ministry of Health has thought wise to come to an agreement with Egypt to help the people of South Sudan from Hepatitis,” Health Coordinator for Juba-based Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC), Dr. Thomas Tongun Leone told ACI Africa Friday.
"Usually the vaccines here are very expensive in clinics where they are in small quantities and people cannot even afford them,” Dr. Leone explained the challenge some South Sudanese have been facing to access treatment abroad and appreciated the latest partnership between South Sudan and Egypt to administer vaccinations against Hepatitis C in the world’s newest nation.
According to a recent health report, Hepatitis C, described as a viral infection that causes the liver to swell “is highly prevalent in South Sudan.”
Dr. Leone told ACI Africa that the vaccine is on high demand in South Sudan