JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Thursday said the nearly
complete 100 megawatt thermal power plant will help extend badly
needed electricity to the capital and surrounding areas.
Dhieu Mathok Diing,
the Minister for Electricity and Dams, told journalists that
100MW power plant being constructed by local company Ezra along
the Nile River will help light up Juba and surrounding areas
that have lacked electricity since the breakdown of the thermal
generators operated by the country’s public electricity utility.
The project which is
estimated to cost over 200 million U.S. dollars will include
building of schools, hospital and low-cost housing units to the
group owned by Eritreans will own, operate the power plant soon
to be opened in October for about 17 years and later on transfer
ownership to the government under a partnership agreed upon by
the two signatories.
South Sudan which is
Africa’s third largest oil producer expects the project upon
completion to cut fuel costs as the consumption will drop from 6
million liters to 2 million liters of fuel, hence saving 4
million liters of fuel for operating generators on daily basis.
meningitis kills 28 in South Sudan as infections soar
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
A meningitis outbreak in South Sudan’s former
Eastern Equatorial state has claimed 28 lives as new infections
reach 107, a World Health Organization (WHO) official revealed
Ramadan Otim, the
WHO Technical Officer for Emergency, Preparedness and Response
told Xinhua that meningitis outbreak could claim additional
lives if mitigation measures are not rolled out urgently in
affected regions like Lyire and Imurok payams in Torit county,
Imatong state. Payam is the second-lowest administrative
division below counties.
“As of Tuesday, we
have registered 28 deaths with 107 more suspected cases in Lyire
and Imurok Payams in Torit County, giving a case fatality of 26
percent beyond WHO standard for optimal control,” said Otim.
He added that more
alerts have been received in the last 24 hours and they were
being investigated by the response teams and vetted against the
standard case definition for meningitis.
thus favor the transmission of epidemic meningitis especially in
areas located in the African meningitis belt where Torit lies,”
Otim told Xinhua.
South Sudan like the
other twenty-six countries in the ‘meningitis belt’ of Africa,
remains prone to the viral disease that leads to death or
paralysis among the infected.
Mathew Tut, Director
of Integrated Diseases Surveillance and Response in South
Sudan’s Ministry of Health, said the government had been
notified by the county health department about the deaths and
He noted insecurity
on the roads between Torit and Lyire payam and mal-functionality
of the health facilities have constrained access and slowed
optimization of the response activities.
“The threat of
meningitis outbreaks in South Sudan is premised on its location
in the African Meningitis belt in addition to the historical,
climatic, and the complex public health situation in the entire
country,” said Tut.
He noted that the
dry spell in South Sudan lasts for 5-6 months, with outside
temperatures reaching as high as 40 degree Celsius.
The health officer
said the implication is that there is sufficient pool of
susceptible individuals in Torit and neighboring counties
(especially Magwi and Ikotos) and this can lead to further
transmission of the disease.
“Majority of the 52
percent of new infections and 43 percent of deaths have been
reported in individuals aged 30 years and above,” Tut said.
He added that the
emergency preparedness response team comprising at least 33
volunteers has been deployed on the ground to conduct active
search in the health facilities and affected communities.
The last meningitis
outbreak in South Sudan was declared in May 2013 in Malakal.