Outlining the services the clinic intends to offer, the 47-year-old nun said trained staff at the clinic would provide clinical services to some 1,600 students in the school and their immediate families in the local community.
The Loreto Sisters have also been offering outreach programmes such as mobile clinics to other institutions run by different religious congregations in the region.
The Loreto Sisters in Rumbek diocese also run a nutrition programme that caters for 50 malnourished babies from the local community. These services, Sr. Orla says, are extended to immediate family members of the babies.
Additionally, the nuns run a training programme that targets graduates willing to accept internship opportunities. According to Sr. Orla, six graduates, this year, were offered internships in the clinic.
“During the year, the interns were trained as nursing assistants and to assist with basic health care. Thankfully this week all six are leaving us to study medicine and nursing and we look forward to welcoming the next group and generation of health care workers!” Sr. Treacy remarked.
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Among the nuns, there is a psycho-therapist and another sister with a background in trauma healing to offer psycho-social support to clients at the hospital.
And working with the government, the sisters also run an immunization programme.
Speaking at the grand opening that was attended by Loreto school communities, the local community members and elders as well as the country’s Ministry of Health and that of Education, Fr. John Mathiang Machol, the Diocesan Coordinator of Rumbek Diocese said the facility would be a health-giving place endowed with divine powers.
“This primary Health Care dedicated to Mary Ward will be the place for healing, the healing power of God,” Fr. Mathiang told the guests at the launch Tuesday, February 11.
Addressing Loreto Sisters who were first commissioned to build a school in the diocese in 2008, accomplishing the task two year later, the South Sudanese cleric said, “All the things that you have been doing 10 years ago are being realized one by one. This (clinic) is now the third facility to be realized according to the plan and the community.”
Acting Governor of Western Lakes state, Mathiang Deng thanked the administration of the institution and stakeholders for the facility.
“Congratulations for the well-done job. This is one of the biggest health units we have ever had in Rumbek,” said Mr. Deng.
“This health facility is going to change the lives of our children, our mothers and vulnerable people in this area. They will no longer walk that long distance to get malaria treatment,” the Acting Governor said.