19 November 2012

Angola: Health Minister Highlights Progress in Sector Over Last Decade

Photo: Daily Nation
File Photo: Mothers queue at a health centre for child immunisation.

Luanda — The Angolan Health minister Monday in Luanda stressed the progress recorded over the last ten years in the political, economic and social development and particularly in the health field, marked by the government's major investment to improve health indicators, in order to ensure sustainable development of Angola.

José Van-Dunem was speaking at the opening of the 62nd Session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), opened Monday at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda by the Angolan vice-President, Manuel Vicente.

"The main challenge currently is not just to do more and better, but to do it different and differently, with a view to achieve more progress in the health sector," he said.

Among other achievements obtained over the last ten years, the minister mentioned the fact the country to have not reported any case related to polio since July 2011.

He said that this is a result of a strategy to strengthen routine immunization, improving the quality of additional vaccination campaigns and improved monitoring and epidemiological surveillance.

Another indicator of the good progress has to do with the prevalence of 1.9 percent of HIV and AIDS, which remains stable for seven years.

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