Nigeria has promised to help improve South Sudan’s health sector.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the promise in Abuja Thursday at a meeting with a delegation from South Sudan on a ministerial study visit to Nigeria.
Mr. Adewole told the delegation that Nigeria would deploy human and capital resources it could to assist in addressing challenges besieging the South Sudan health sector.
“We are willing to support you, it is our duty, it is only Africans that can develop Africa, and we have to do it’’ he said.
The Minister of Health of South Sudan, Riek GaiKok, acknowledged the vital roles Nigeria played during his country’s struggle for independence.
“For those who may not know, Nigeria has been supporting the course of the people of South Sudan, before its conception”, the minister stated. “In 1990s all the way until the birth of the new nation in 2011, Nigeria played a pivotal role in the search for just and lasting peace.”
Mr. GaiKok said he was optimistic that Nigeria can play a tremendous role in supporting the development of healthcare delivery in both public and private sectors of his country besieged by a bloody civil war.
He, however, pleaded with his Nigerian counterpart to visit Juba, the capital of South Sudan.