UN national staff donates to Malakal Teaching Hospital
13 July 2013 – Recognizing vital needs of the local South Sudanese community, UN national staff in Upper Nile State donated several critical items to Malakal Teaching Hospital today.
The National Staff Association (NSA) in the state, made up of South Sudanese employees of UNMISS and other UN agencies, donated blankets, mattresses, bed sheets, beds, mosquito nets and plastic sheets to the Tuberculosis Ward at the hospital.
"We are a part of the society and we need to support our government in nation-building," said Isaac Kot Dut, association chairperson in the state.
Upper Nile Governor Simon Kun Pouch and UNMISS State Coordinator Deborah Schein witnessed the handover of items to the hospital.
"We can help each other, with big or small contributions," said Mr. Pouch. "This is the way we can build our nation."
The governor donated 10,000 South Sudanese pounds to the hospital and planted a mango tree at the pediatric wing.
The hospital's Director General Dr. John Chol outlined challenges the facility faced.
"There is no power during the daytime because, due to austerity measures, we lack sufficient fuel," said Dr. Chol. "The hospital also lacks medical doctors."
Ms. Schein described the second anniversary of independence as a symbol of hope for a brighter future for South Sudan's citizens.