Angola: Noncommunicable Diseases Are Government Priority - Official

Luanda — Angola will continue its efforts to reduce the burden of communicable diseases, including maternal and child mortality, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS and trypanosomiasis, ahead of Millennium Goals.

This was assured Friday by the Angolan Health minister, José Van-Dúnem, in an interview published by the daily newsletter of the 62nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa.

The official clarified that the transmissible diseases, began to have a" double burden":chronic and non-transmissible with marked burden to hypertension, stroke, diabetes and the nightmare of road accidents."

On the priorities of his mandate as president of the WHO Regional Committee, the Angolan Minister of Health said he will centre on strengthening Sistemnas of Health, human resources capacity, in response to epidemics and disasters, as well as chronic and non-transmissible diseases, especially with emphasis to the trauma.

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