By Dr. Justin Deng Deng,
Jan 24, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) –— First of all, I would like to pass my salutation & wishes for peace to my fellow South Sudanese as they are struggling under the umbrella of imposed dire conditions in their rich nation. South Sudan, my homeland, whose foreigner’s dream of & wish to be its citizens, becomes the prime target to the enemies of peace. Their day & night calculations are haunted by the urge of bringing this new nation down to dust-but we are still saying NO to evil fingers. The demoting factor that puts us in this mess is the presence of “internal foreign agents”. Their main objective is to “bit the giant with a foreign stick” and clear their way to the palace. This has rendered most of South Sudanese politicians as western puppets ending up implementing dirty foreign projects – forgetting the welfare of their own country; God forbids!!
Coming back to the main purpose of this article, I shall take you straight to the word “SERVANT” which is commonly perceived wrongly by many people. They think that servant is a submissive, inferior slave of a certain boss. My dear, in the perspective scope of English language, that definition is certainly misleading & 100% wrong! The beautiful word “SERVANT” simply means the humble service delivered to the one who serves his/her people or nation.
This word servant here, looks alike to government official: minister, commissioner, director, and name them. The government officials, too, share the similar definition with SERVANT. The Civil servants (government officials) are also misperceived and given wrong definitions & descriptions, and here rises the reality of synonymousity of SERVANT & government officials!! In actual concept, the civil servants are voted in or selected based on their qualifications & capabilities to deliver the public services NOT family services as it is a common case.
My readers might be very tired of trying to catch the point & purpose of this essay but here we go; I was profoundly impressed, as well as other citizens, by the press statement issued on January 23 2016, by the minister of finance and economic planning, concerning the all-out hiking prices in the markets due to inflation rates & local currency devaluation. During his statement, comrade Deng Athorbei uncovered that taxes exemptions & customs reduction on imported food items, fuel and drugs will serve a short-term strategy on tackling the high inflation. The long-term strategy is to encourage the local food production by incorporating this plan into annual budget this year. Athorbei asserted that it is a matter of time and everything will be alright. He urged the citizens to tighten their belts & be patient. The Exciting part of this plan is the said deployment of security personnel to monitor the prices of the basic life-saving commodities which are to be exempted from taxes. By putting the above measures into consideration, the South Sudanese felt the reality of being cared for by their civil servants & the existence of people’s representatives.
I certainly agree with you Mr. Minister on all the measures that you have taken. It is a good move towards the welfare of our citizens BUT don’t rule out the possibility of a plan collapse. Frankly, we have many good government policies with poor implementation programs. This economic plan is a welcoming news to our people but it needs a tiresome effort to put it in place. It needs a cooperation between various government institutions and civil population. I want to confine my discussion on regulation of drugs and pharmaceutical products only. I as a concerned South Sudanese, and as a pharmaceutical expert, would like to avail a way forward “implementation mechanism” of the part of this plan relevant to my field. The world health organization (WHO) states that it is a responsibility of any government to make drugs available, accessible and affordable to its citizens. Therefore, this is a time for the national ministry of health to revisit & revive the national drugs policy. To implement the national drugs policy plan, the following measures should be taken:-
- Provision of “essential list of drugs” for South Sudan and direct the pharmaceutical companies to import those drugs in enough quantities.
- Provision of letter of credit to national drugs companies as the priority.
- Strict supervision of drugs flow-importation, distribution & use.
- Regulation and unification of drugs prices both in wholesales companies & retail pharmacies.
- Deployment of security personnel or volunteers with a medical background to monitor the prices in retail pharmacies.
- setting up of code of conducts, laws and penalties to avoid the possibility of bribery & malpractices
- Organizing of workshops and trainings to disseminate the new drugs policies to health team workers and ask their cooperation in implementation. By doing the above procedures and others which have not appeared in the list, only then shall we be good servants to our nation.
Dr. Justin Deng Deng is a concerned South Sudanese and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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