Stress Endured by Unpaid Doctors: A Case at Juba Teaching Hospital (Part 2)

Juba Teaching Hospital, one of the state-run health facilities. (Photo Credit - Eye Radio)

By Jessry Pasquali Oboya The internship year is an important formative year which may present some unique challenges to doctors. Thus, for a junior doctor to achieve effective training, good quality supervisors and adequate opportunities for experimental learning are a prerequisite. Also, conductive environment, personal attributes and good support systems are essential. Studies have been conducted in several countries, including middle and low income countries, to understand the challenges facing medical practitioners, the stress they encounter and its effect on their performance and commitment. Several factors were identified as major causes of stress among the house officers. These include poor work environment, social life imbalance, high patient load, inadequate time with relatives, medico-legal threats, annoying and uncooperative patients, frequent on-calls, consultations and insufficient salaries. The house officer in our country faces the gravest forms of these challenges compared to his colleagues in other parts of the world. The issue of […]

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The Burden of Obstetric Fistula: Characteristics of Women admitted and the Gaps in Preventing and Treating Obstetric Fistula in Three Regional Referral Hospitals in South Sudan

Of the 106 women operated with obstetric fistula, 19 (17.9%) had fistula when they were below 15 years, while about 51 (48.1%) of them experienced the condition at the age of 16-20. In total, about 70(66%) were below the age of 20 years, indicating that obstetric fistula is associated with early marriage/pregnancy.

  [wpfilebase tag=file id=7 /]   By Machuor Daniel Arok, Joseph Atem Dut, Apin Deng Aher and Lual Lual Ashor ABSTRACT This study was undertaken with the overall goal to increase knowledge and understanding among stakeholders on the prevalence of obstetric fistula, including existing gaps in preventing and treating obstetric fistula in South Sudan. “Obstetric fistula occurs as a result of a prolonged and obstructed labour. The pressure caused by the obstructed labour damages the tissue of the internal passages of the bladder and/ or rectum and with no access to surgical intervention, the woman can be left permanently incontinent, unable to hold urine or faeces, which leak out through her vagina”[24]. The study was conducted between April 1st and June 30th 2014. It was a retrospective cross-sectional study, both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Data was collected from theatre records and admission sheets for a total of 126 patients […]

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Prevalence of Alcohol-Related Mortality Among Reported Cases in Juba Teaching Hospital

A Record of Alcohol-related Deaths at Juba Teaching Hospital

[wpfilebase tag=file id=2 /] Purpose: Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the award of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Authors: Siham Juan Lewai, Dona Joel Small, John Mabor Kok and Deng Simon Garang University: University of Juba College: College of Medicine Study Area/Period: Juba, South Sudan (January 2012 – December 2012) INTRODUCTION Despite general warning of its harmfulness to health, alcohol consumption has nevertheless re­mained a matter of public concern over the past few years in South Sudan. Major­ity of emergency cases at the Juba Teaching Hos­pital, for instance, are linked to terrible road traffic accidents that are also related to alcohol consumption.(MOH/RSS, 2013). This research, Prevalence of Alcohol-Related Mortality Among Reported Cases in Juba Teaching Hospital, is a retrospective study of mortality due to alcohol among the population of Juba in a period of one year (January 2012 to December 2012). It assumes that without under­standing […]

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The Knowledge and Attitude of Lactating Mothers towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in Juba, South Sudan

Mother breastfeeding her baby. © IRIN

  University/College: University of Juba College of Medicine (Department of Community Medicine) Title: The Knowledge and Attitude of Lactating Mothers towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in Juba, South Sudan Submitted By:  Wani Bosco Fabiano Ayire, Chol Mabil David Ajang, Wahib Natale Daniel, John Mawich Nangdor, Joshua Jockjio Thor Machar, Ruai Koang Mut Purpose:  A Thesis Submitted In Partial Fulfilment For The Award of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Date of Submission: June 30, 2014   ABSTRACT The knowledge and attitude of mothers towards exclusive breastfeeding was studied between December 2013 and June 2014 in Juba, Republic of South Sudan. One hundred and twenty-three (123) lactating mothers (with infants less than or equal to six months of age) were interviewed using self-administered well structured questionnaires, for literate mothers and verbal interpretation of questionnaires to illiterate mothers at Al-Sabbah Children’s Hospital Juba by trained Health personnel. Scoring of the responses to […]

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Understanding the Life of Street Children in Juba City

Wantok Bak, one of the research team members. (File Photo)

[wpfilebase tag=file id=1 /] In recent years Juba has experienced a rise in the number of street children, a problem attributed to trauma of the past protracted civil war in the Sudan, in addition to economic hardships following Goal: South Sudan free from street children. General objective: This research seeks to compile and consolidate information about street children in order to to enable policy makers and well-wishers set a strategy aimed at promoting and protecting their rights. Specific objectives To assess the distribution pattern of street children by age and gender. To identify the risk factors for children being on the street. To find out the impact of street children to the community. To evaluate parental support for street children. To assess the attendance of school and other institutions by street children. To identify the problems faced by street children. To assess the day to day living conditions of street children. To […]

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