Angola: Minister Welcomes WHO Support in Fight Against Epidemics

Malaria is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

Geneva — The Health Minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, on Tuesday welcomed the support received from the Wprld Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners, which has helped overcome the three diseas yellow fever, malaria and dengue in Angola in the last years.

The Minister, who was speaking at the 71st World Health Assembly plenary, thanked the technical assistance, financial and logistical support of WHO, GAVI, CDC-Atlanta and many other partners in combating these diseases.

During her speech, Minister Sílvia Lutucuta acknowledged that, despite the gains made in eradicating polio and stopping the outbreak of yellow fever, through a massive immunization of more than 26 million people during and after the outbreak, health in Angola still faces problems.

She also highlighted that "we are facing problems of efficiency and quality of care, sustainable financing of health due to the global financial crisis, issues of availability and adequate management of health resources, including human resources, demanding the improvement of regulatory capacity for social protection of the population and the strengthening of the health system, particularly in the interior of the country. "

Notwithstanding the difficulties faced, the minister said that the Angolan Government has not failed to provide solidarity and support to more than 35.000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing them with essential medical services and full vaccination coverage for women and children.

To end on May 26 this year, the event under the aegis of the World Health Organisation is taking under the motto: "Health for All: a commitment to Universal Health Coverage."

At the opening session, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke about the health situation worldwide, with emphasis on universal health care and the goals of sustainable development goals.

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