25 January 2013

Angola: Government Invests in Training of Physicians

The Angolan Government will continue creating conditions to improve the National Health Services, particularly in the training

of professionals of the sector, seeking their best contribution to organisation and functioning.

This was said Friday in Luanda by Angolan vice president, Manuel Vicente, while addressing the opening of the 3rd International Congress of Angolan Physicians at Talatona Convention Centre.

The vice president said that the Government will start this year the implementation of the National Broad Training Programme for the 2013/2020 period.

He recalled that in this sphere, concrete actions have been undertaken, including policies that can ensure improved conditions to accommodate personnel at local level and access to post-graduation, specialisation and career development.

"These are the future health professionals that will enable the increase in the offer of services at local level, taking into account that Angola, currently has two physicians for each 10,000 inhabitants," he stated

Manuel Vicente highlighted the achievements of the Executive in the search of improved health services to the populations, stresseing that the progresses in the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures in the sector.

This, he said, has led to the expansion of the municipal health network and creation of new specialised services of reference and the prospects in the implementation of the Government programme in the health domain.

As a result of these effort, the official added, 775 first level attention units

were built or rehabilitated between 2005 and 2011, including 14 general hospitals, 12 main hospitals, which has also contributed to the rise in the access to health services, from 30 percent in 2001 to 44,6 in 2011.

According to him, the health indicators released in 2010 by the National Institute of Statistics and in 2011 by the World Health Organisation show progresses in life expectancy that rose from 48 years both for men and women in 2008 to 52 years in 2010, and levels of maternal and infant mortality that moved from 150 up to 116 out of 1,000 born-alive infants.

The vice president also stated that the Government will continue its investments in the eradication of poliomyelitis, with encouraging results so far as no case of the disease is recorded since July 20122.

The two-day International Congress of Angolan Physicians is going with the theme "Health in Angola - Present and Future".

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