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South Sudan rebel leaders to attend peace day celebrations

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- South Sudan government on Tuesday confirmed main opposition leader Riek Machar will participate in peace day celebrations as a good gesture for cherishing reconciliation and unity.

Tut Kew Galuak, chairman of the organizing committee, said all the opposition leaders that signed the revitalized peace agreement in Ethiopia are coming on Oct. 30 to attend the festivities for the national celebration of achieving peace deal.

“The president and the government are ready to host the event and demonstrate to the region and the world that Juba is committed to bringing lasting, durable peace to the people,” he said.

President Salva Kiir and Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-opposition (SPLA-IO), inked the final peace deal mediated by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African bloc.

South Sudan’s conflict has now entered its fifth year since it erupted in 2013 after forces loyal to Kiir and his former deputy Machar engaged in combat.

The 2015 peace agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital Juba, forcing Machar to flee into exile.

Millions of South Sudanese civilians have sought refuge in neighboring countries as the conflict rages on. 


South Sudan inaugurates major disease monitoring and surveillance center

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Monday inaugurated a major disease surveillance center to enhance its capacity against infectious diseases like Ebola, meningitis and HIV/AIDS.

South Sudan will use the state-of-the-art Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) to monitor and combat major diseases and help mitigate humanitarian crises, health minister Riek Gai Kok said.

“The idea of the public health emergency operations center came as a result of lessons learnt from Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” Kok said in Juba during the inauguration attended by diplomats.

PHEOC manager Mathew Tut Moses said the facility will serve as a central location to coordinate information and resources on all health-related issues in the country, including humanitarian crises.

South Sudan in 2013 experienced a cholera outbreak that killed over 260 people; other diseases like hepatitis, meningitis and measles are still menacing people there.

South Sudan has already set up 14 screening points to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Experts say some areas bordering Uganda and the DRC are inaccessible due to bad roads and insecurity, hampering preparedness and monitoring.

South Sudan has suffered from a civil war since December 2013, which led to the death of thousands and the displacement of more than 4 million others.

Despite the signing of a fresh peace agreement in late August between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, intermittent fighting continues in the Yei River State, which borders both Uganda and the DRC. 


South Sudan seeks to boost livestock sector
with new disease surveillance system

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- South Sudan Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on Tuesday launched construction of a new animal health diagnostic laboratory aimed at strengthening the country’s livestock disease surveillance system.

The project estimated to cost about 1 million U.S. dollars would see the world’s youngest nation set up new state of the art animal laboratory to help in detecting diseases like the deadly Rift Valley Fever and the Foot and Mouth Disease, which are endemic in South Sudan.

Livestock Minister James Duku said the facility will translate into an improvement of food security and livestock-based livelihoods of the majority of South Sudanese people.

Currently there is no animal health laboratory in the whole of war-torn South Sudan as it relies on neighboring countries for its animal health needs.

“The project will ultimately help improve the provision of evidence-based animal health services as well as implement an effective animal disease reporting, monitoring and control system in South Sudan,” said Felix Dzvurumi, FAO head of Programs in South Sudan.

South Sudan is home to an estimated 11.7 million cattle, 12.4 million goats and 12.1 million sheep, according to data from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, but the sector estimated to be worth 4.6 billion dollars remains largely untapped.

“We need credible laboratory like this so that South Sudan can access the international market with its livestock products. These huge resources can diversify the economy.” said Jacob Maiju Korok, South Sudan’s chief Veterinary Officer.



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