'S' for St Luke’s official opening in Sudan

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The St Luke’s Primary Health Care Centre opening ceremony commenced with a speech from Bishop Peter Amidi of Lainya where he acknowledged the partnership and the generous support of CMS Ireland. He also thanked our main donor Irish Aid, but acknowledged the support from Parishes and individuals from the Church in Ireland through CMS Ireland.

Archbishop Deng and Dr Emmanuel jointly cut the ribbon and unveiled the plaque. The guests were then directed through the Primary Health Care Centre as well as an opportunity to ask some questions. The Minister of Health was very impressed with what he saw, especially the equipment and facilities. He also committed to improving the facilities at the Lainya Community Hospital, which he said he also visited, and he said needed much support and investment.

There then followed a total of 9 speeches, including Poppy and I, the Mother’s Union leader, Yasuwa Ladu the local Elder, the Paramount Chief, Bishop Peter Amidi of Lainya, the Commissioner the State Minister for health and Archbishop Deng all made speeches.

Poppy’s speech was quite quirky and very creative – every point starting with ‘S’ – St Luke’s; Solar panels; quality Staff; Successful beginning of clinic despite all the trials in setting it up; Students being trained; Sustainability-the needs we will have in future; Salisbury – thanks for the annual donation of medicines and the high quality Service being now offered in Lainya.

In my address I reiterated the importance of partnership with the Church in Ireland and our Global Partners. I also acknowledged the support of Irish Aid for the 3-year programme. I used a handshake as a symbol of friendship and partnership and the fact that it is a 2-way long-term relationship.

The young people of the Diocese also put on a 30-minute drama especially for the occasion highlighting the cultural stigma with HIV/AIDS depicting that going to the local Witch Doctor was not the answer, it was much better to go to the PHCC for the proper tests and treatment.

Afterwards, the ceremony we had a banquet of meal to celebrate the opening of St Luke’s PHCC. Later that evening we drove back to Yei satisfied that the opening was a real success and the PHCC would make a significant impact to the lives of the people in the Lainya area.

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