1 June 2014

Angola: Province With One Physician for 16,000 Patients

Huambo — The central Huambo province has one physician for 16,000 people, which is far from the goal of the local health department, which is one physician for 5,000 patients.

This was said to Angop on Saturday by Frederico Carlos Juliana, provincial director of Health.

Frederico Juliana mentioned lack of skilled staff in Huambo, where thre is a ratio of one physician on duty to assist 16,000 patients, against the health department's goal of one medical doctor for 5,000 patients.

According to the head of the department, Huambo province is growing in population day by day, which is not followed by the admission of new staff, particularly physicians and nurses.

The official said that currently Huambo has 172 physicians and 150 diagnosis technicians and roughly 4,500 nurses, a figure that does not correspond to the demand from the population estimated at 2.7 million inhabitants .

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