UN agency inaugurates primary health care centre in Lobonok

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Central Equatoria state last week inaugurated a primary health care center in Lobonok Payam, funded by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Central Equatoria state last week inaugurated a primary health care center in Lobonok Payam, funded by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

 

Construction of the health facility at a cost of $135,000 was based on need assessment conducted in 2012 by the UNHCR and the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission. The finding supports the Lobonok community’s plan for enhanced health services as a priority because of the area’s poverty level and its distance from Juba.

 

UNHCR says it intends to continue using its resources in association with its partners to help address many health service challenges, including the need for pregnant women in Lobonok to deliver in health centers. The project is also aimed at ensuring that a greater number of children have access to basic health services.

 

UNHCR South Sudan Representative Cosmas Chanda expressed his organization’s solidarity with the people of the area, in making sure that services are delivered and development enhanced.

 

The facility, which will provide in-patient and out-patient services, is equipped with one incinerator, four stance latrines, one borehole and basic furniture.

 

UNHCR is also funding a rehabilitation project at a cost of close to $47,000 known as a livelihood agricultural project.

 

Lobonok Payam, which is 72km south of Juba, is one of the places in Central Equatoria state that harbours a big number of returnees from Uganda and Sudan.

 

The Payam has a population of 19,500, of which 4,500 are returnees.

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