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Study Papers Presented At Health Ministry Symposium

A total of 11 study papers were presented today at the Health Ministry Symposium that continued for the second day. The papers focused on the health condition of family and community, the significance of giving birth by health professionals, female’s genital mutilation and its negative consequences, the medical treatment that need to be provided to fistula victims, following up health condition of children and adolescents, as well as caring of infants, among others.

Asmara, 12 March 2011 – A total of 11 study papers were presented today at the Health Ministry Symposium that continued for the second day. The papers focused on the health condition of family and community, the significance of giving birth by health professionals, female’s genital mutilation and its negative consequences, the medical treatment that need to be provided to fistula victims, following up health condition of children and adolescents, as well as caring of infants, among others.

The papers indicated that the number of health institutions that used to stand at 93 in the year 1991 has climbed to 270 at present, thus showing a growth of 300% thanks to the substantial investment made to expand health service.  The rate of pre-and post-delivery medical checkups and the use of emergency service have equally showed a dramatic increase by 165% and 162% respectively.

Moreover, the study papers highlighted that mother and child mortality rate has declined by 70% and coverage of vaccination program has reached over 90%, and that impressive achievements have been scored in controlling and eradicating various diseases, including polio, malaria and measles that are rampant in Africa. 

It was also disclosed that the Orotta Pediatrics Service that begun in 1995 with limited resource is now in a position to provide quality service as a result of the continued investment made. Outlining the encouraging outcome registered in combating fistula disease, the papers indicated that concerted action is being taken to fully control the disease by the year 2015.Also as regards efforts to eradicate harmful practices, the papers elucidated on the commendable outcome borne in raising public awareness about the dire consequence of such backward practices.

Reports further disclosed that 65% of the diseases in Eritrea comprises communicable ones on which praiseworthy achievements have been scored in controlling and preventing them. Drugs are also being provided to tuberculosis patients on a regular basis in 76 health institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, while medical follow ups is being carried out in 183 health station.

 

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