Various study papers were presented on the implementation of health service policy, developing manpower, laboratory service and regulatory service of medicine supply and manufacturing, as well as medical equipments.
Asmara, 11 March 2011 – Various study papers were presented on the implementation of health service policy, developing manpower, laboratory service and regulatory service of medicine supply and manufacturing, as well as medical equipments.
The director general of health service, Mr. Berhane Gebretinsae, outlined the background of health service, and its contribution in the days of the armed struggle and the valuable experienced acquired in the process. He indicated that the health infrastructure which was completely ravaged during the colonial rule was subsequently rehabilitated at substantial expenditure in the post-independence period. Mr. Berhane further noted the tasks accomplished as regards ensuring mother and child care, expansion of vaccination program, promoting nutrition and environmental sanitation, as well as controlling communicable diseases.
Stating that 19% of pregnant mothers used to make pre-delivery medical checkup only once in the early days of independence, he explained that at present 89% of them are making the necessary pre-delivery medical care. The number of pregnant mothers giving birth by health professionals has also increased from 6% to 34%, which in turn contributed to the dramatic decline of mother and child mortality rate, he added. Mr. Berhane, nonetheless, underlined the need for exerting still more endeavors so as to move beyond the millennium development goals.
The director general of research and human resource development in the Ministry, Dr. Andom Ogbamariam, on his part pointed out that thanks to the huge investment made in human resource development, fruitful tasks were undertaken in the health sector. Parallel with the vigorous efforts being made to expand health services across the nation, the contribution of the young graduates from schools of associate nurse in Barentu, Mendefera and Ginda, as well as the Asmara Health College and Health Technology and the Orotta School of Medicine is not to be viewed lightly in this regard.
Also in a separate study paper he presented, the head of national laboratory, Mr. Meles Sium, explained that most of the laboratory tests that used to be sent abroad for checkups are now being undertaken inside the country. In this respect, he stated that the Eritrean National Laboratory which is equipped with modern medical equipments and competent experts is carrying out effective tasks.
Likewise, the director of Pharmecore, Mr. Misgina Tekle, presented a paper highlighting the outcome of health policy as regards medicine supply and production. Outlining the activities carried out to reactivate the previously weak drug supply methodology, Mr. Misgina stated that the Azel Pharmaceutical Plant and the Fred Hollow Intraocular Lens Laboratory are producing reliable and competitive products that meet local demands.
Similarly, the acting director general of service supervision department, Dr. Tesfai Solomon, said that the task of management and control of medicine service was not previously progressing well. Such problem has now been tackled thanks to the work methodology introduced in the year 2003, and that the people have now manage to easily get drugs, especially the basic ones, he elaborated.