Closure of UNMIS
UNMIS wound up its operations on 9 July 2011 with the completion of the interim period agreed on by the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on 9 January 2005.
The mission ended its six years of mandated operations the same day South Sudan declared independence, following a CPA-provided referendum on 9 January 2011 that voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession.
In support of the new nation, the Security Council established a successor mission to UNMIS – the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – on 9 July for an initial period of one year, with the intention to renew for further periods as required.
9 Jun 2011
8 June 2011 – The Preventive Health Unit in the Upper Nile State Ministry of Health began inspecting clinics and pharmacies today to root out those that are unlicensed, ill equipped and/or staffed by unqualified personnel.
"We will not allow any one to open a private clinic and pharmacy without a license approved by the Ministry of Health because it is a matter of life and death," said the Director of the Preventive Health Dr. Albino Amum Awin.
An influx of returnees from the north and neighbouring countries as well as internally displaced persons due to rising insecurity has resulted in a gradual increase of the population, leading to the establishment of unlicensed clinics and pharmacies.
"Some clinics do not meet medical standards as they are built with grasses and local materials," Dr. Awin said. "Some pharmacies are being run by unqualified staff, Sometime they give wrong medicines to the patients which is not prescribed by the doctor."
Additionally, some of pharmacies and clinics did not have proper medical equipment, the director added.
The state-wide crackdown, began in Malakal County, where 24 clinics and 18 pharmacies were inspected. Four pharmacies and two clinics were closed down.
Inspection in other counties is set to begin in mid-June.