SOUTH SUDAN / TONGA HEALTH FACILITIES

19-Feb-2018 00:02:28
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the town of Tonga in the Upper Nile region was in urgent need for health care assistance, after warring parties looted the only medical facility in the area. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / TONGA HEALTH FACILITIES
TRT: 02:28
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SHILLUK / NATS

DATELINE: 19 FEBRUARY 2018, TONGA, SOUTH SUDAN
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19 FEBRUARY 2018, TONGA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial Shots, Tonga
2. Wide shot, damaged church
3. Close up, signboard of clinic
4. Close up, bullet holes in wall
5. Med shot, entrance to children’s ward
6. Wide shot, sick teen on floor
7. Close up, sick teen on floor
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Pasquale Yohannes Yor, Doctor, Tonga Public Healthcare Centre:
“As you see, our PHCC (Primary Healthcare Centre) has been looted. Most of the equipment and instruments were looted. But we are trying to cross the border to Sudan to have some medical supplies for malaria and some essential drugs we use to treat our patients.”
9. Wide shot, patients on the floor
10. Various shots, damaged equipment
11. Wide shot, doctor with patient
12. Close up, doctor drawing patient’s blood
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Pasquale Yohannes Yor, Doctor, Tonga Public Healthcare Centre:
“We need assistance like medical supplies, also we need coaching for routine immunizations. As you see we have children under five. The children are supposed to have routine vaccination but we don’t have it.”
14. Wide shots, damaged equipment
15. Wide shot, surgical equipment being washed in bucket
16. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General In South Sudan, United Nations:
“From that what we have seen is that, yes, there is a need. People do need services. Now what we are doing is to look at how best we can address that need from our work in other parts of the country.”
17. Wide shot, patients waiting outside
18. Back Shot, Aliza in doctor’s room
19. Tilt UP, Baby to Aliza
20. Close up, Doctor
21. SOUNDBITE (Shilluk) Aliza Nyaluit Lowai, Mother of sick child:
“We have been running for all these years. We need peace to come. When is peace coming back to South Sudan?”
22. Wide shot, UN helicopter hovering over building
STORYLINE
This is Tonga. A small town in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan.

Entire communities in this area were uprooted when fighting broke out between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and armed Opposition forces. Homes were burnt, schools shut, and medical facilities raided, costing many civilian lives.

The Tonga Primary Healthcare Centre is the only medical facility in the area, but it remains a health care facility only in name after the warring parties looted the facility stripping it of hospital beds, equipment, and other medical supplies.

SOUNDBITE (English) Pasquale Yohannes Yor, Doctor, Tonga Public Healthcare Centre:
“As you see, our PHCC (Primary Healthcare Centre) has been looted. Most of the equipment and instruments were looted. But we are trying to cross the border to Sudan to have some medical supplies for malaria and some essential drugs we use to treat our patients.”

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the health care centre is running at a low capacity. It receives between five and 13 patients daily, with the most common cases being malaria, respiratory infections, typhoid, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases.

UNMISS said doctors are struggling to treat patients. They are appealing to humanitarian agencies and international partners for help with medical supplies to treat frequent trauma cases like snake bites and skin diseases.

SOUNDBITE (English) Pasquale Yohannes Yor, Doctor, Tonga Public Healthcare Centre:
“We need assistance like medical supplies, also we need coaching for routine immunizations. As you see we have children under five. The children are supposed to have routine vaccination but we don’t have it.”

An UNMISS team recently visited this opposition-controlled area to assess the security situation and the humanitarian needs.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General In South Sudan, United Nations:
“From that what we have seen is that, yes, there is a need. People do need services. Now what we are doing is to look at how best we can address that need from our work in other parts of the country.”

Still, UNMISS said the facility remains the only hope of getting help for residents of Tonga. Twenty-seven-year-old Aliza Nyaluit Lowai, a single mother of four, took an eleven-hour-long dangerous walk, alone with her 14-month old sick daughter, to reach the centre. She was met by a virtually empty facility.

SOUNDBITE (Shilluk) Aliza Nyaluit Lowai, Mother of sick child:
“We have been running for all these years. We need peace to come. When is peace coming back to South Sudan?”
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