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UNMISS Torit Holds Health Awareness Campaign to Celebrate International Day for UN Peacekeepers

UNMISS Torit Holds Health Awareness Campaign to Celebrate International Day for UN Peacekeepers

Last Friday in Torit’s Freedom Square, the town’s social center, over 180 locals gathered to participate in a health awareness campaign organized by the UNMISS field office in Eastern Equatoria. The full-day campaign featured a medical service camp to check blood pressure and hypertension, provide health advice, and raise awareness of HIV prevention. The day was abuzz with activity, as many women lined up outside the tent curious and eager to participate.

Dr. Joseph Sibomana of the Rwanbatt company in Torit led the day’s activities with great patience and care, assuaging the concerns of several women who expressed worries about their health. A team of four other peacekeepers assisted Dr. Joseph in checking blood pressure, making it possible to service so many local community members throughout the day. 

The occasion was part of an event series to mark the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers under the theme “Investing in Peace Around the World”. The health awareness day in particular was geared towards establishing trust and confidence in the UN’s work in Torit and greater Eastern Equatoria by demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of the local population.  

Mr.  Okwahi Robert, a Torit local who tested for blood pressure, commended the UN’s service and dedication to the community. He showed gratitude that the medical camp provided him and his fellow community members the opportunity to know their health status.

“I’m very proud to see so many people here. I’m also here to be checked for high blood pressure, which is very important to me as an individual and all who have come,” Robert explained.

Dr. Margaret Itto, Imotong State Deputy Governor, welcomed the support of UNMISS at a time of crisis when people are unable to afford treatment. She emphasized the collaboration between UNMISS and the government concerning health issues.

“I want to thank UNMISS for this day and for offering this general checkup. It’s not the first time we are collaborating on matters of health. UNMISS’ health staff have been of great help. When there are emergencies, we call upon them and they respond,” Dr. Itto remarked in opening the day’s activities.

Mary Cummins, the Head of the UNMISS Field Office in Torit, reiterated the UN’s firm commitment to directly support local communities, especially women and youth.

“We are very happy to be here with the Rwandan force who are providing medical assistance to the local population. This is as part of our outreach activities to commemorate and celebrate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers and their commitment to the communities they serve. We are particularly pleased to see so many women gathered here and encourage them to take advantage of this service,” Ms. Cummins said in welcoming community members.

The event series also included a sports tournament, which brought together peacekeepers and local athletes to play friendly matches of football and volleyball, as well as a wreath laying ceremony at the UN compound in Torit. These activities highlighted the dedication of UNMISS to serve the people of South Sudan in an effort towards building a peaceful future.