Gatluak directed to quell MoH wrangles

Gatluak directed to quell MoH wrangles
Tut Gatluak, Advisor on National Security and Chairman of the National Transitional Committee (photo credit: courtesy)

President Salva Kiir has directed the Advisor on National Security and Chairman of the National Transitional Committee Tut Gatluak to address the stalemate at the Ministry of Health to avoid possible paralysis of health services. 

The Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny was quoted by Eye Radio on Thursday saying President Kiir had commissioned Mr Gatluak to iron out supremacy battles between Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi and Minister of Health Elizabeth Acuei, that spilt from the recent controversial appointments. 

“The President has the information and he asked the person in charge of the implementation of the peace agreement that is Hon. Tut Gathluak Manime, will be speaking to all the parties involved in this constitutional fight and the solution will be provided accordingly,” he said on Thursday as quoted by the Eye Radio.

 The appointment saga pitting Abdelbagi and Acuei caught the attention of the President following an alarm raised by the stakeholders of the sector. 

The conflict heightened when Acuei suspended her Undersecretary Dr Victoria Anib Majur on Tuesday and replaced her with Dr Simon Baba Paul in an acting capacity. She further ordered for 90-day long investigation.

On Tuesday, the SSDU called on President Kiir to address the matter, lest it affects the health services delivery to people in the country.

“The SSDU further calls on H E Salva Kiir Mayardit and the entire Presidency to quickly intervene, find a lasting solution to the differences, and put the MoH back on the right path. 

“The SSDU hopes the Presidency will encourage the MoH leadership to maintain high integrity and professionalism and carry out their mandate for the benefit of the people of South Sudan,” said SSDU in a statement on Tuesday. 

Suspension 

Dr Majur’s fate dwindled when she implemented Abdelbagi’s directive to restructure the administration of the ministry of health and the Juba Teaching Hospital by appointing directors which her boss objected to.

These included the appointment of Dr Alier Nyok as the Director-General for Medical Services, Dr Thuou Lui, Director-General for Training and Professional Development, and Dr Michael Samuel Mading, Director-General for Policy and Planning.

Others were Ms Janet Michael, Director-General for Reproductive Health, Dr. Frederick Khamis Tawad, Director-General for Juba Teaching Hospital, Dr. Garang Dakjur, Deputy Director-General for Juba Teaching, and Dr Brian Madison, Director for Training and Professional Development

The suspension of Dr Majur and the cancellation of her restructuring in the administration at the health system raised concerns from South Sudan Doctors Union (SSDU).

According to Chapter 1. 4.2.5, of the Revitalised Peace Agreement, the appointment of the undersecretaries of the ministries shall be done by the president based on the proposal of the respective ministries and vetted by the Council of Ministers.

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