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Success Achieved In Reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates Result of Strenuous Efforts and Investment

The Director General of health services at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Berhane Gebretinsa’e said that Eritrea’s remarkable achievement in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates, as well as controlling communicable diseases is a result of the strenuous efforts and substantial investments made in the past 20 years of independence.

Asmara, 6 March 2011- The Director General of health services at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Berhane Gebretinsa’e said that Eritrea’s remarkable achievement in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates, as well as controlling communicable diseases is a result of the strenuous efforts and substantial investments made in the past 20 years of independence.

 

In an interview he conducted in connection with the ministry’s symposium to be held from 11 to 13 March here in the capital, Mr. Berhane disclosed that 90% of children receive the necessary vaccination at present- a figure which stood at merely 10% during independence- and maternal mortality rates have been reduced from 1,000 per 100,000 during independence to 486 per 100,000 today.

As regards the distribution of health centers, Mr. Berhane indicated that as a result of efforts focusing on remote areas, 7 hospitals, 31 health centers and 81 health stations have been constructed around the country and are providing commendable services.

Meanwhile, the advisor to the Minister at the ministry, Dr. Mismay Gebrehiwot pointed out that the gap of health service provision has been narrowed around the country and that Eritrea has been recognized internationally for successes achieved in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Dr. Mismay went on to add that the ministry is striving to improve the quality of health services by reviewing its policies and that commendable progress has been registered in upgrading human resources and the provision of medications.

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