29 January 2013

Eritrea: Health Programs Implemented in the Northern Red Sea Region Make Noteworthy Impact

Massawa — The Health Ministry's branch in the Northern Red Sea region indicated that health programs implemented last year have made noteworthy impact, with more gratifying accomplishment regarding mother and child care.

It made the statement at an assessment meeting conducted in the port city of Massawa during which activities such as maternity, child immunization, and community-based environmental hygiene, as well as prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases were deeply assessed vis-à-vis the role of stakeholders.

The meeting noted that the role of communities was significant in the construction and upgrading of health institutions, human resource development, VCT service and various health campaigns such as that of blind control.

Dr. Yohanes Tekeste, head of the branch office, lauded the enthusiastic spirit of the health personnel, and made note of ways and means of addressing its current challenges, in which the role of government institutions and communities was described vital. Furthermore, the participants of the meeting put forth several issues pertaining to child and mother immunization, human resource development and communicable as well as non-communicable diseases, among others.

In closing remarks, the Health Minister, Ms. Amna Nurhussein explained that endeavors exerted last year with a view to promoting quality and outreach of health services nationwide have ensured tangible outcome. She further pointed out that future focus of the Ministry would target the upgrading of human resource capacity and ensuring medical supply reserve, besides the putting in place and renovation of health institutions.

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