Episcopal Church opens cancer clinic in Rumbek

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The Episcopal Church of Sudan and a German-based non-profit organization have partnered to start a cancer clinic in Rumbek hospital, Lakes state, which will attend to patients from across the country. 

The Episcopal Church of Sudan and a German-based non-profit organization have partnered to start a cancer clinic in Rumbek hospital, Lakes state, which will attend to patients from across the country. 

 

Speaking to journalists in Rumbek, the head of the clinic, Dr. Rossi Shamir, says they have already received many patients since opening the clinic.

 

“We discovered many cancer cases as well as primary diseases for tropical countries. So far we have treated eight people. By grace, they are all alive and they are responding well. Some of them are cured, some still under treatment. The biggest number we have is child cancer, which is mainly leukemia,” Shamir said.

 

The Rumbek Cancer Clinic is run as a partnership between the Bavaria Cancer Clinic, a German based non-profit organization, and the Episcopal Church of Sudan, diocese of Rumbek.

 

Lack of such facilities has made the lives of many South Sudanese to be at risk, because there is no early diagnosis and most patients reach health facilities when their conditions have deteriorated.

 

Meanwhile, the ministries of health in the states of Upper Nile and Jonglei will receive new ambulances to assist in maternal health care in their hospitals. 

 

Each state will have one ambulance, and the ambulance will be used to assist women to reach lifesaving maternal health services in the conflict-affected areas.

 

The vehicles are a donation from the Japanese government and will be managed by the NGO International Medical Assistance, IMA. 

 

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that up to 30,000 South Sudanese women are at risk of dying in childbirth due to complications, and 200,000 pregnant women do need some urgent care before the end of the year.

 

Women’s health in South Sudan, and especially in the affected areas, is in dire need of support, both local and external.

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