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Spending a lot of money on sick members of government

Posted by African Press International on April 6, 2007

Khartoum (Sudan) The government of South Sudan spends millions of dollars treating its sick officials overseas every year.

Health Minister Theophilos Ochang on Thursday described to APA the accounting involved as a “hell”.

He said he is looking into new ways of getting sick members of the government treated.

“At the moment we are sending people as far as South Africa, Jordan, London … It’s a hell of expenditure, ” he said.

“We are trying to make an agreement with a hospital in one of these countries with better conditions, get a memorandum of understanding so that the bills are sent to us directly,” he said.

Ochang said the government was just giving patients a plane ticket and cash in hand and it was unclear how much money was being spent exactly on making sick officials well.

“We cannot follow up on how much is being spent on treatment,” he said. “It’s $5,000 here, $10,000 there, and millions every year.”

Ochang said that an insurance policy would be the answer to the problem and already the government has started working on the Southern Sudan Health Insurance Fund.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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