27 December 2013

Angola: Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases Mark Epidemiological Situation

The epidemiological situation in the country was marked by a large burden of communicable and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, together with hypertension, diabetes, cancers.

Speaking exclusively to Angop, the health minister, José Van-dunem, said that this situation includes the road accidents and acts of violence increasing significantly the pressure on the health facilities in the country.

According to the minister, though the return of some diseases preventable by vaccination campaign, there was a progress in the control of other ones such as poliomyelitis that have not recorded a single case in the country since 2011, which could easily lead to the elimination of the disease.

In addition, the minister said that works have been done to achieve the certificate of eliminating polio both in keeping good levels of regular coverage and vaccination campaigns advocated by the World Health Organization, Group of Agencies and International Organizations that are committed to the eradication of the disease.

"It depends on what we are doing so that this time there will not be a return and a new import of virus that could destroy all our hopes", he said.

So, Jose Van-dunem stressed that the country is experiencing a situation of double burden, which on one hand the communicable diseases have decreased but not disappeared and on the other the chronic non-communicable illnesses to have a specific huge weight, causing the health system to answer this double demand.

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