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Lakes state governor warns against false polio reporting


By Manyang Mayom

February 23, 2011 (KAMPALA) - The governor of Lakes state, Chol Tong Mayay, on Tuesday warned officers involved in carrying out polio vaccinations against the malpractice of destroying vaccines and submitting false reports.

The governor said that reports about the previous polio vaccination campaigns have revealed that some health officers failed to carry out the vaccinations under the pretext of fatigue due to the hot weather and that they resorted to destroying the vaccines at the end of the day and submitting false reports of a successful campaign.

He told the press that officers carrying out vaccination programmes must avoid such malpractices.

Governor Mayay castigated this malpractice and called it “a big crime”, explaining that those involved are “killing children”.

The governor called for all those involved in the polio vaccination programme to ensure that all children aged five and under are given the necessary injections.

Mayay said: “You people who are carrying out vaccination, we heard report that you get tired and you start to destroy vaccinations – you are killing our children – you are killing your own children – this is really a very big crime - it is our task that all children under five years should be vaccinated.”

At the same occasion, the governor thanked the organizations involved in organizing the polio vaccination campaign among them, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that his government will continue to attempt to make the community about the need of the vaccination.

He appealed to government officials to be actively involved in bringing awareness about the importance of polio vaccination campaign to their local communities, adding that the vaccine prevents children from polio disease which has no cure.

Governor Mayay said: “On behalf of government of Lakes state, I welcome you all and government of Lakes state will sensitize people on polio vaccination – prevention is better than curse and this [is] what we have done now.”

Meanwhile, Lakes state minister of health, Samuel Mayek, linked the polio vaccination campaign with the post-referendum reality, stating that the people of South Sudan have won freedom and that they have to continue battling against other forces that hinder human development, among them, diseases, poverty, and illiteracy.

Minister Mayek said that: “We are here today for launching today the polio vacation in Lakes state – it is not only day we will celebrate - we will be celebrating the independent of Southern Sudan”.

The nationwide polio vaccination campaign that kicked off on Tuesday will conclude on Friday, 25 February.


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  • 24 February 2011 05:28, by Peter Elia Kuzee


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    • 24 February 2011 05:58, by Dito

      Raan deene athiok thar ke piny.Got nothing to do ya reporter?

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      • 24 February 2011 08:17, by actiongatkuoth

        haaaaa!!!!!!! haaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!
        what the schame ful news from dinka of lake state,
        waaaaaw Iam so sorry for such apeople,
        simply i can say that you dinka you don,t known what you are doing that is why your are reporting a uselees report like you,

        dinka brought people from cattle camp to work as doctor,
        what kind of people like dinka in the south???????

        who can answer this question????????
        dinka make themselve that they known how to work while the y are working using their useless mind,
        their aim is only to get money not to work for their people.
        that is why they report false report yet they complete their work.
        schame on you dinka,

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        • 24 February 2011 09:39, by redarmy

          You man, think well before you use the internet, it is for educated people who express themselves well and know what the other people are talking about. Mr.Governor was really trying to pass the message to community not ignoring the polio vaccination because it is dangerious to kids.Mr. don’t you get tied of abusing your father who sacrifies himself for you and he didn’t gift up for the history you know, why are not consulating your daddy. Go to school then you will know who show you the world of today.

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          • 24 February 2011 10:39, by actiongatkuoth

            reason before you express,
            i think you are underage person that is why you talk like young kid,schame on you such creation dinka!!!!!!!

            Ido believe that’you are among those people once your are showing them atree while it is arealy tree they try to tell you that it is not atree, if you question them againt they tell you that it is acow while itis atree.what shall you do to such peole like redarmy,????????????/
            i can tell them sorry try to adjust your selves.

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        • 24 February 2011 17:58, by thong

          your massage does not make a sense,mr governor is passing the message to the doctors not to overdose some medicines during polio vaccination.it is a clear information u need to understand be for you make any comment.

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    • 24 February 2011 06:37, by Omoni Atari

      what does he mean false polio? i never heard that in my life.
      There is polio in south sudan,whether you dont believe it or not. "JUST KICK POLIO OUT SOUTH SUDAN"
      And should not be done by a big mouth of warning.
      If you travel to all lake state counties,do you think you can find child or children suffering from polio.

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      • 24 February 2011 08:19, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

        It is good that the Engineer Governor is concerned about the Health of the citizen. It is for the first time for him to speak about health. That one is in his term of reference as a governor to ensure that proper health services are delivered to the People without any intended criminal act.

        However, with regards to Polio cmapaigns and polio vaccination, it is too technical that the Governor could not easily described what is called poliomylitis when he does not have good knowledge on Health . He even does not have strategies for conducting Active Surveilance to detect AFP cases in the area.

        Governor should not condemn the vaccinators for failing to cover the target areas or not giving the polio drops to children of five years and below.

        His priority could have been to see that the Mortality rate in Rumbek Hospital is reduced, proper nursing and issuing of drugs within the Hospital is a priority.

        Now there are no drugs in Rumbek Hospital. Drugs are kept till they expired and than disposed off. People are dying in Rumbek Hospital especially Children.
        Who died in Lakes because of Polio? Polio is not the leading killer in Rumbek.

        Vaccinators- having done polio campaigns and vaccination voluntarily since 1998 up to now before the current Governmenet. There work was mixed with goods and bad. Yes, sometimes vaccinators, forged figures and they distroyed the OPV vails/doses because of long distance they covered on foot. Now that practice has not changed since the Government took over. Their wages by then was 1 dollar per day that means in four days one accured 4 dollars. That payment of vaccinators is still a practice up today.

        People thought by having an experience Like Doctor Samuel Mayek as a Minister for Health would improve health Services to all service provider and to the receipients.

        Dr. Samuel Mayek could have improve Health Service but is he doing his best in Lakes States? He is very much aware of and have rich experience in Polio programmes. Has he improved wages for the vaccinators? Are there means for transport for vaccinators to cover the whole area?

        This time, there is no volunarily service. vaccinators offered themselves last time as part of their contribution to the struggle. If People are taking a larger share out of their labour why blaming the vaccinators for no good course?

        Polio is not a deadly killer in Lakes State. Priorities to look at are there.
        1. Drugs are kept and not given to patients and patients are buying from the market.
        2.Children are dailiy dying in the Hospital- no proper nursing;
        3. Expectants mothers are also dying in marternity wards- when midwives are sewing their bed sheets;
        4. Emergencies cases are not attended;
        5. No good supervision in the Hospital to see that those who are to be held accountable for failures;
        6. Educated Health Personnel are under graded when Casuals and people of lower education are considered in upgrade.
        7. And many others like insecurity, cattle rustling and etc.

        Please do not bark for nothing. Improve Lakes State Rumbek hospital. Mr. Governor, your comments will be considered on political basis but it was not something in your hearts.

        Mr. Cibaipiath lives around, please take care of what you said. You are there for Political purposes and those Political shoes are not fiiting to your sizes. Am working on your files.

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      • 24 February 2011 08:35, by Deng Garang Jok

        for sure the governor is not serious,for saying false polio reporting.why waiting until there will be true polio cases, what the report means was generally an awareness of polio allover southern sudan as vaccination of children being the first priority.

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    • 24 February 2011 13:19, by John Gum

      Guys,we must to stop reporting falseless allegation,this does not mean your leadersghip is working heard.it is the statement of those who have experience bush promblem,luckness to position without sweat.
      stop governor ctritising your people with noneness allegation.

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  • 24 February 2011 15:24, by Mading

    The governor is right people. From Tuesday up to Wednesday, people from Akuah, Makuriric, Acholtheen, Mabor-ngap, Chumbuol and in the villages have bitterly complained that they vaccination team has not reached them and days are running.

    This shows that the officers maybe sitting under trees due to the hot sun and at the end since there is need for them to report back the number of children they have vaccinated, they maybe tempted to forge their way of reporting it.

    However, the governor has done the right thing in a wrong place because these issues can just be handled by the minister of health. There are real concern issues that he is suppose to address. One is the Issue of poor court ruling on youth and the other is other one is the development strategy that can at least employ a third of the youth.

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