Ajogo health facility lacks delivery equipment

An official at Ajogo primary health care center expressed concerns over the shortage of delivery equipment.

The Ajogo health facility is located at Luanyaker of Gogrial East County, Warrap State.

According to a midwife Bol Rech Gom, there is only one delivery couch in the delivery room, where about five mothers give birth a day.

“The number of women giving birth increases, some of the ladies are forced to deliver on the floor, which is not healthy,” Bol told Mayardit FM on Wednesday.

“Yet it is a health procedure to deliver a newborn baby in a clean environment to prevent further infections.”

Bol appealed the authorities at the state ministry of health to address the matter.

With poor access to health services due to an acute health workforce shortage, inadequate health infrastructure and poor health service utilization, the country has poor health indicators, according to WHO.

Its maternal, infant and child mortality rates are some of the highest in the world and life expectancy is low, at 56.5 years.

It warns that soaring rates of severe malnutrition, acute hunger, and deteriorating health conditions are threatening the lives and well-being of millions of people in South Sudan with the situation set to worsen as the climate crisis kicks in.