The overall health condition of the public, especially that of mothers and babies in the Southern region has been improved thanks to the growing awareness of the society regarding the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases.
Mendefera, 25 January 2011 – The overall health condition of the public, especially that of mothers and babies in the Southern region has been improved thanks to the growing awareness of the society regarding the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases.
In a report he presented at an assessment meeting of the Health Ministry’s branch in the region, the head of the branch, Dr. Tesfalem Gebrekidan, indicated that improvement was witnessed last year in health institutions in the region as regards manpower, quality of service and infrastructure facilities. The newly constructed community hospitals in Mai-Aini and Fikia-Chekomte have been equipped with the necessary equipments and would begin rendering service soon, he elaborated.
Noting that mother and child mortality rate has dramatically dropped in the region, Dr. Tesfalem explained that effective health service was provided in all sub-zones, and that a campaign would be launched to prevent trachoma which is causing blindness.
Moreover, he outlined the tasks accomplished as regards controlling the spread of malaria infection, and as a result no loss of human life has been witnessed due to such disease.
Also speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Health, Ms. Amna Nurhusein, said that top priority is to be given this year towards ensuring public health, as well as enhancing health services and number of professionals in the field. He further explained that Azel Pharmaceutical Plant is boosting the production of medicaments so as to ensure reliable supply.
The head of social services in the Southern region, Mr. Tesfatsion Girmai, said on his part that the regional Administration would strengthen collaboration in efforts to prevent communicable diseases, besides creating conducive ground for undertaking campaign at the grassroots level.