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  The World Health Organization WHO expresses its deep shock and sadness at the killing of its Polio Field Surveillance Officer in the town of Bentiu in South Sudan and condemns the violent death Daniel Deng Galuak was shot dead by an unidentified assailant at a health center in Bieh IDP camp in the northern city of Bentiu in Unity state on September 19 2022 The motive behind the attack is yet to be seen has not been established We are deeply shocked by Galuak s death Our hearts go out to his family at this very difficult and painful time said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa This attack has robbed a family of a beloved member and the WHO of a committed frontline health worker Galuak s death is a great loss not only for his family but also for the efforts of WHO and its partners in responding to the health emergency in South Sudan and the important work of protecting children from the debilitating and potentially long lasting infections of poliomyelitis Access to health care is a basic right and those who work tirelessly in many parts of South Sudan to provide life saving humanitarian services to the most vulnerable populations must not be targeted said Dr Fabian Ndenzako Representative of WHO in South Sudan Galuak worked for WHO as a field assistant from 2000 to 2015 and as a field supervisor since 2016 His responsibilities included ensuring effective polio surveillance planning and conducting supplementary polio immunizations and coordinating routine immunization activities WHO will continue to work with partners to help the government reach the most vulnerable populations with health services in South Sudan
World Health Organization field officer killed in South Sudan

1 The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses its deep shock and sadness at the killing of its Polio Field Surveillance Officer in the town of Bentiu in South Sudan and condemns the violent death.

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2 Daniel Deng Galuak was shot dead by an unidentified assailant at a health center in Bieh IDP camp in the northern city of Bentiu in Unity state on September 19, 2022.

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3 The motive behind the attack is yet to be seen.

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4 has not been established.

5 “We are deeply shocked by Galuak’s death.

6 Our hearts go out to his family at this very difficult and painful time,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

7 “This attack has robbed a family of a beloved member and the WHO of a committed frontline health worker.”

8 Galuak’s death is a great loss not only for his family, but also for the efforts of WHO and its partners in responding to the health emergency in South Sudan and the important work of protecting children from the debilitating and potentially long-lasting infections of poliomyelitis.

9 “Access to health care is a basic right and those who work tirelessly in many parts of South Sudan to provide life-saving humanitarian services to the most vulnerable populations must not be targeted,” said Dr. Fabian Ndenzako, Representative of WHO in South Sudan.

10 Galuak worked for WHO as a field assistant from 2000 to 2015 and as a field supervisor since 2016.

11 His responsibilities included ensuring effective polio surveillance, planning and conducting supplementary polio immunizations, and coordinating routine immunization activities.

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13 WHO will continue to work with partners to help the government reach the most vulnerable populations with health services in South Sudan.

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