South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support

Accident & Emergency Department, Juba Teaching Hospital: Improvements – Phase One

July 16, 2014

Dr. Taban Martin Vitale, RMF South Sudan

Entrance to Accident and Emergency Department

The improvement of the Accident and Emergency Department at Juba Teaching Hospital was initiated in mid-February 2014 when Dr. Martina Fuchs visited Juba, South Sudan, with a pledge from our donor during that critical moment for the nation, and had a series of meetings with Juba Teaching Hospital Administrations and National Ministry of Health Officials, including the Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok. The project is aimed at improving the conditions at the current Accident and Emergency Department, creating a welcoming and healing facility for all the South Sudanese and foreigners residing in the country, and supporting peace from within through provision of better healthcare services, with a strong focus on respectful care.
At the end of February 2014, the Ministry of Health pledged $100,000 toward this project and took the leading role through its procurement process in identifying a reliable South Sudanese Construction Company (Pan Koung Limited) to undertake the improvement work. Real Medicine Foundation then entered into a legal agreement with Pan Koung Limited on 30 June 2014, an agreement worth $200,000.
Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) through its leadership, Director General Dr. Wani Lolik Lado played a vital role with respect to logistics in this preparatory phase. The administration started erecting tents within the hospital premises in mid-June 2014 to relocate different units from the Accident and Emergency Department to make the site available for renovation work without interruptions of services to the patients. In mid-June, the Laboratory Department moved to a newly constructed regional Lab; only the section of the Blood Bank is still operating from one of the rooms at the Accident and Emergency Department while the Outpatient Pharmacy now operates out of the Inpatient Pharmacy. The patients from the Medical Unit were then relocated on 10 July 2014 to Pediatric Ward 5 which had been renovated by RMF a year ago. The administration promised to clear the site within a few days.
Pan Koung Limited started work on 7 July 2014 from one of the four blocks of the Accident and Emergency Department; on July 8 the Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok and Undersecretary Dr. Makur Matur Kariom visited the site to witness the kick-off of the project, following the inauguration of the South Sudan Reference Laboratory by President Salva Kiir.