15 December 2012

Angola: Health Minister Pledges Solution to Community Problems

Luanda — The Health minister, José Van-Dúnen, Saturday in Luanda, said that the Government is working to address the concerns of the rural communities.

The minister was speaking in the locality of Sekele, municipality of Cacuaco, during a meeting with the community of Ponto 3, which is the home form war-crippled soldiers and their families.

"We still have some problems in the country, despite the effort we have been doing, we still do not have supplied drinking water to our populations which still makes us to record much diarrhoea," he stated.

Minister José Van-Dunem added that the effort made to better share the national wealth, create more jobs and improve the living of the communities is still far from being enough to prevent the population from continuing to suffer respiratory infections, malnutrition, lack of clothing, good housing, which are the Government's concerns.

He mentioned that the Government has designed such programmes as Water for All, micro-credit and economic development fund, intended to contribute to a better living of the populations.

He stated that regarding health, the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, has instructed each municipality to be granted Usd 150,000 a month, to settle the health problems facing them.

"We have no reasons for lack of medicines, water for sanitary units and together with the municipal administrations this problems are being addressed and we hope they will get settled," said the minister.

At the end of the meeting, the minister handed over two ambulances, wheelchairs, mosquito nets and other equipment for the medical centre of Sekele/Ponto 3 community, with a population estimated at nine thousand inhabitants.

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