Luanda — The World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa director, Luis Gomes Sambo, said Monday in Luanda that many health problems evolved in a favourable way since 1956, when the Regional Committee held its sixth session, with some (problems) getting controlled and even eradicated.
The official was speaking at the opening of the 62nd WHO/Africa session taking place in the Angolan capital, Luanda.
He said that 1956 set the beginning of a more serious approach to certain matters like maternal and infant health, leprosy, river blindness, yellow fever, smallpox and malaria.
Angolan Luis Gomes Sambo also spoke of the reforms in the health systems that followed the independence in the African countries and improved development opportunities for the health sector, mainly over the last decades.
According to the WHO boss, the results attained were owed to the implementation of more equitable health policies based on basic sanitation care later called primary health care.
Gomes Sambo also said that HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and mother and child death remain a serious public health and development concern.
The United Nations 2000 Millennium Declaration envisaged a new opportunity and defined the frame of reference that places health as a central issue in the ideals and the human development goals.
On the other hand, the regional director compared the main indicators of health at world level, mentioning impressive disparities among countries and sub-population groups that include rich and poor nations and urban and rural areas.