World Health Organization field officer killed in South Sudan – African Business

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The World Health Organization (WHO), expresses its deep shock and sadness at the murder of its polio surveillance officer in Bentiu, South Sudan, and condemns the brutal death.

Daniel Deng Galuak was gunned down by an unknown attacker at a Bieh Internally Displaced Peoples camp in northern Bentiu, Unity State on September 19, 2022. The motive for this attack is not yet known.

“We are deeply shocked by Galuak’s death. Our hearts go out to his family at this most difficult and sorrowful time,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“This attack has robbed a family of a beloved member and WHO of a committed frontline health worker.”

Galuak’s death is a huge loss not only to his family, but to the efforts by WHO and partners in health emergency response in South Sudan and the important work of protecting children from the debilitating and potentially life-long impacts of polio.

“Access to health care is a basic right and those working tirelessly in many parts of the South Sudan to provide life-saving humanitarian services to the most vulnerable populations must not be targeted,” said Dr Fabian Ndenzako, WHO Representative in South Sudan.

Galuak served as a WHO field assistant between 2000 and 2015, and as a supervisor starting in 2016. His responsibilities included polio surveillance and planning and conducting polio-supplementary immunizations, as well as coordination of routine immunizations.

WHO will continue to work alongside partners to support the government in reaching South Sudan’s most vulnerable people with health services.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO) – South Sudan.

APO issued this Press Release. APO has issued this Press Release. The content has not been reviewed by African Business’ editorial team. This announcement is solely the responsibility of the issuer.


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