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Central Region: Big Growth Registered In Expanding Health And Educational Services

Big growth has been registered in the expansion of health and educational services in a number of rural areas in the Central region as a result of the substantial investment made, according to Mr. Berhane Negash, director general of social services. Asmara, 11 May 2011 – Big growth has been registered in the expansion of health and educational services in a number of rural areas in the Central region as a result of the substantial investment made, according to Mr. Berhane Negash, director general of social services.

He told ERINA that over the past 20 years, a total of 62 educational institutions ranging from kindergarten to secondary level have been constructed. As a result, the number of students has increased multifold, and that illiteracy rate has been reduced by 87% .

Also in line with efforts to provide efficient health service to the public, 16 health stations and centers have been constructed in different parts of the region, in addition to 3 community hospitals and 2 regional referral hospitals, Mr. Berhane elaborated. Accordingly, the expansion of health service has shown a growth of 150%, whereas mortality rate during pregnancy and delivery has declined by more than a half.

Moreover, he explained that polio and measles which were common in children have been totally eradicated, while 90% of other communicable diseases have been put under controlled. 

Mr. Berhane further highlighted the activities carried out to rehabilitate orphan children and supporting martyrs’ families, as well as extending loan opportunities to war-disabled veterans.

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