Mer primary health care unit (PHCU) reopen after months without health services in the area
TRI-SS medical team inspect a cold chain refrigerator in Mer PHCU in Akoba

Mer primary health care unit (PHCU) reopen after months without health services in the area

It is a new dawn and a day of jubilation for the residents of Nyandit payam to see their health facility reopened after services were closed since March 2020.

On 17th August the residents of Nyandit woke up to the good news of reopening of their health unit to provide the much-needed health services to the locals through funding from South Sudan Humanitarian Fund implemented by The Rescue Initiative South Sudan in partnership with CIDO.

TRISS-SS medical team standing in front of Mer PHCU in Akobo Jonglei

It has been four months in waiting since health services were last offered in Mer PHCU in Nyandit payam when the funding ran out. The closure of the health facility has made access to health services more difficult for the residents as they have to travel to Akobo town hospital which is far and difficult to access due to poor roads especially during rainy season where they can only access the hospital by boat which is expensive.

The 2 roomed mudded building roofed with iron sheets and equipped with solar panels was turned into goats shelter by the locals during the time it was nonoperational. With the reopening, the PHCU can now offer both curative and nutrition services.

Nyandit payam is one of the payams in Akobo East, Jonglei state it is about 45 minutes by car, 30 minutes by boat and several hours by foot. The residents are completely cut off from health services with no ambulance to transport severe cases or pregnant mothers to Akobo main hospital.

The Rescue Initiative South Sudan works in hard to reach areas in South Sudan providing emergency health services to communities with very limited access at all. We are currently implementing health services in Akobo East, Kajokeji and Lirya in Juba county. Our work has been made possible with funding from South Sudan Humanitarian Fund, ECHO and RRF.

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