Residents of Lainya County receive free medical services

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Lainya county health department in Central Equatoria state and African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) have kicked off a ten-day free operation for people who suffer from hernia and appendicitis.

Dr Garang Deng said they operated on 22 people on Monday, with ongoing consultations with 120 others, adding that the number of people keeps increasing. He attributed the cause of hernia cases to hard work.

“The number of people is increasing and until now we are seeing a number of them coming. Most people are farmers here, this hernia cases are caused because most people are farmers, they are working hard,” Dr Garang told TCT by phone on Tuesday.

Mechanical causes of hiatus hernia include improper lifting of heavy weights, hardcoughingbouts, sharp blows to the abdomen, and incorrect posture.

Taban Jackson, one of the patients who was operated on, expressed joy after a successful appendix operation, a condition which he said had been keeping him from movement and work.

“It was so painful to me, but I finally accepted to come to bear the two days of pain compared to the long period of time I was enduring,” said Jackson, who came from Kenyi payam.

He called on the people of South Sudan having such cases to go for operation immediately to avoid further health complications.

County clinical officer Scopas Guya Wayiwayi hailed AMREF for coming to the rescue of South Sudanese people, including the poor, with free and accessible health services.

“This operation is free of charge to save our vulnerable communities who have no money,” he said.

According to Scopas, many people from other counties like Morobo, Yei and Juba city are turning up in huge numbers for the free and mobile service.

He lamented that the health centre is having inadequate equipments, drugs and accommodation for the workers to enable them offer improved services to the citizens.

Most of the cases been operated are hernia, said Philip Chandiga, the coordinator for AMREF health surgical outlet.

“I realized since last year when we started coming here, ninety percent of the cases that have been operated were hernia cases,” Mr Chandiga told TCT on telephone.

He estimated that they will operate more than one hundred patients within the ten day period. He added that this was the third time they were offering free medical services to the people of Lainya.

AMREF is currently supporting about six state hospitals - Lainya, Kajokeji, Juba teaching hospital in Central Equatoria state, and Bor, Wau and Kwajok state hospitals.

He said AMREF aims at extending health services to poor people.

“This is a free surgical part that is organized for the rural poor who cannot afford to go to the town. There is no limit, whether you are in Lainya, Morobo, Kajokeji, Juba, you are welcome,” he added.

Lainya county health department in Central Equatoria state and African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) have kicked off a ten-day free operation for people who suffer from hernia and appendicitis.

Dr Garang Deng said they operated on 22 people on Monday, with ongoing consultations with 120 others, adding that the number of people keeps increasing. He attributed the cause of hernia cases to hard work.

“The number of people is increasing and until now we are seeing a number of them coming. Most people are farmers here, this hernia cases are caused because most people are farmers, they are working hard,” Dr Garang told TCT by phone on Tuesday.

Mechanical causes of hiatus hernia include improper lifting of heavy weights, hardcoughingbouts, sharp blows to the abdomen, and incorrect posture.

Taban Jackson, one of the patients who was operated on, expressed joy after a successful appendix operation, a condition which he said had been keeping him from movement and work.

“It was so painful to me, but I finally accepted to come to bear the two days of pain compared to the long period of time I was enduring,” said Jackson, who came from Kenyi payam.

He called on the people of South Sudan having such cases to go for operation immediately to avoid further health complications.

County clinical officer Scopas Guya Wayiwayi hailed AMREF for coming to the rescue of South Sudanese people, including the poor, with free and accessible health services.

“This operation is free of charge to save our vulnerable communities who have no money,” he said.

According to Scopas, many people from other counties like Morobo, Yei and Juba city are turning up in huge numbers for the free and mobile service.

He lamented that the health centre is having inadequate equipments, drugs and accommodation for the workers to enable them offer improved services to the citizens.

Most of the cases been operated are hernia, said Philip Chandiga, the coordinator for AMREF health surgical outlet.

“I realized since last year when we started coming here, ninety percent of the cases that have been operated were hernia cases,” Mr Chandiga told TCT on telephone.

He estimated that they will operate more than one hundred patients within the ten day period. He added that this was the third time they were offering free medical services to the people of Lainya.

AMREF is currently supporting about six state hospitals - Lainya, Kajokeji, Juba teaching hospital in Central Equatoria state, and Bor, Wau and Kwajok state hospitals.

He said AMREF aims at extending health services to poor people.

“This is a free surgical part that is organized for the rural poor who cannot afford to go to the town. There is no limit, whether you are in Lainya, Morobo, Kajokeji, Juba, you are welcome,” he added.

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