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Eritrea met Millennium Development Goal as regards lowering child mortality before the set time: Ministry

The Ministry of Health indicated that Eritrea met the Millennium Development Goal as regards lowering child mortality before the set time.

Asmara, 13 December 2013 – The Ministry of Health indicated that Eritrea met the Millennium Development Goal as regards lowering child mortality before the set time. It made the remark at a recent seminar at Emba-Soira Hotel in which health professionals from all Administrative regions and stakeholders conducted discussion on the action program thereof for the period  2014 to 2018.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Andebirhan Tesfatsion, head of public health in the Ministry, pointed out that such accomplishment could be registered thanks to the active collaboration of stakeholders and communities.

Dr. Fitsum Gebremichael, head of the Adults and Children Program in the Ministry, stated on his part that the redline for the goal was the year 2015, and that the seminar is aimed at giving impetus to such momentum in the course of the next 5 years.

Dr. Abdulmami Osman, WHO Representative in Eritrea, said that the nation has demonstrated appreciable progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, while attaining  the one pertinent to slashing child mortality rate. The impact of such seminar in realizing further cherished goals is significant, he added.

Likewise, Dr. Fatu Diyaye, Managing Director of health and nutrition in the UNICEF’s country office, explained that an accomplishment of this type attests to the Eritrean government’s sound policy and commitment in this regard, and expressed the organization’s readiness to collaborate with the nation.

The seminar participants conducted extensive discussion on the reports presented and adopted future action plan.

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