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Central region: Ministry exerting endeavors towards lowering instances of communicable diseases

The Health Ministry’s branch in the Central region indicated that it is exerting endeavors towards lowering instances of communicable diseases through raising community awareness.

Asmara, 03 September 2013 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Central region indicated that it is exerting endeavors towards lowering instances of communicable diseases through raising community awareness.

Dr. Tesfai Solomon, head of the branch office, disclosed that solar panels have been put in place in the health institutions region-wide so as to attain a 24-hour service, besides the availability of consistent supply of drugs, besides the efforts made pursuing human resource development. He further pointed out that the renovation of the ophthalmic hospital in Asmara and construction of a new clinic in Mai-Temenai area have neared finalization, and that surgical service would be launched in the community hospitals in Hazhaz and Edaga-Hamus.

Accordingly, the outreach in connection with child immunization has increased to 90%, while further efforts are being made to slash instances of child and mother mortality. Moreover, laboratory equipment for TB diagnosis has been installed in 23 health institutions, and 130 community health representatives have been trained in this connection.

Ms. Adiam Behane, staff member of the Clinic in Akria, called on women to effectively utilize maternity services during pregnancy.

Among the inhabitants, Ms. Mahfuza Suleiman and Mr. Hagos Tesfatsion expressed satisfaction with the free medical services being rendered, especially pertaining to maternity and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. They also called for increased community role regarding prevention of non-communicable diseases.

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