Action Africa Help International (AAHI) is set to open ten health clinics in Yei in a bid to take health services closer to patients in the local community.
According to Leila Apayi, its acting manager, they have already identified places where they are going to open the clinics.
“We are doing this because we have realised there is a problem in the community. There are no services in the community and also people fear to move,” ” Leila revealed to TCT exclusively.
AAHI has trained more than thirty community health mobilizers who have been tasked inform residents about the availability of health services in the clinics to be established this month.
The health project, with funds from UNICEF, started in December last year and is expected to run till mid-March this year.
“Not only that, we also have funds which we will use to run the clinics as outreach clinics,” Apayi said.
Apayi, who is also the agency’s reproductive health officer, added that mobile clinics will be organized to take immunization and antenatal care services to people at the grassroots.
Currently, AAHI is running four clinics in Yei, one each along Yei-Kaya road, Yei-Juba road, Yei-Maridi and Yei town, providing the much-needed health services.
Many women are losing their lives during delivery
Apayi said the current situation is compelling many pregnant women to lose their lives during delivery in the rural areas due to lack of access to health care.
She disclosed a plan of taking similar health services to neighboring counties which have faced serious insecurity.
Anna Augustino, one of the trained community mobilizers, is hopeful that she will create awareness among the local community on the need to access the available health services.
“We will educate the community on the issues of importance of pregnant mothers coming to the clinics, and immunization of their children,” said Anna, who has been assigned to carry on her work at Hai peace residential area in Yei town.
“We will also tell them about drinking safe water. At the moment, there is a big problem of drinking unsafe water. The other thing is telling them to clean their environments to prevent mosquitoes from breeding,” she said.
Since the outbreak of violence in July last year, Yei river state and health partners have been struggling to provide health services to people in rural areas.
Health facilities in rural areas are not functional and residents there can hardly access services, after insecurity cause blockage of access roads.