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Childcare facilities in rural areas making remarkable impact in lowering child mortality: Ministry

The Ministry of Health said that Childcare facilities in rural areas which target infants are making remarkable impact in combating child mortality.

Asmara, 9 April 2013 – The Ministry of Health said that Childcare facilities in rural areas which target infants are making remarkable impact in combating child mortality.

Dr. Zemichael Ogbu, head of infant care at Orotta National Referral Hospital, explained that the common causes of child death have been lack of proper antenatal and postnatal care, nonattendance to maternity during labor, as well as lack of proper knowledge as regards infant care. He further pointed out that the Ministry has been rendering commendable special infant care service in the cities of Keren, Mendefera, Tessenei and Barentu. “Such service is due to be expanded to Ginda, Massawa and Adi-Keih cities in the future,” Dr. Zemichael added.

Reports indicate that the Ministry has been organizing several training courses with a view to ensuring the necessary professional demand to this end. Accordingly, training was recently given to more than 50 health personnel targeting the necessary care for infants of less than 28 days of age.

Dr. Zemichael also disclosed that Eritrea is among the five exemplary Sub-Saharan countries that controlled mortality of children under 5, and called for integrated endeavors so as to register similar achievement regarding infant mortality rate.

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