Catholic Doctors in South Sudan Target Goitre Patients in New Medical Campaign

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Catholic Doctors in South Sudan’s Diocese of Wau have launched a campaign at the Comboni hospital to operate goitre patients in ten days.

Wau Diocesan Health Coordinator, Dr. Jurel Payii Mamuor told members of the press Tuesday, February 16 that the campaign seeks to address the high need for thyroid surgery at the Western Bhar el Ghazal state of the East-Central African country.

“The goiter campaign is organized because of the need of the people in South Sudan especially in Western Bahr el Ghazal,” Dr. Jurel said, and added that the campaign, which is in its second phase starts in Wau at St. Daniel Comboni Catholic Hospital of the Catholic Diocese of Wau.

The Health Coordinator said the campaign would cover South Sudanese towns of Gogrial, Aweil and Lol.

A number of doctors in the ten-day campaign came from abroad to fill the gap in the country that does not have enough doctors specialized in the goitre disease, the medic said.


“The surgical team of doctors came from Germany including the senior thyroid surgeon and an anesthesiologist,” Dr. Jurel said and added, “We have our three national doctors in the team; one surgeon from Wau Teaching Hospital, one surgeon from Comboni Hospital and one medical officer.”

According to Dr. Jurel, the campaign targets at least thirty goitre patients to be operated free of charge. The team will operate about three patients every day.

“So far we have operated two patients and today we are also going to operate four more,” the doctor revealed and added, “We are targeting thirty goiter patients to be operated within this time frame for a campaign, which will last for 10 days and we are targeting thirty women to be operated.”

Globally, it is estimated that 2.2 billion or approximately 30% of the world’s population live in iodine-deficient areas. In a 2005 study, households consuming iodized salt in South Sudan increased from 40 percent to 73 percent.

Despite this achievement, there are still many goiter cases in rural South Sudan and iodine deficiency remains a major public health problem in this part of sub-Saharan Africa.

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