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Northern Red Sea region: Endeavors exerted in health domain witness positive impact

The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region indicated that the integrated endeavors exerted last year in the domain of health have witnessed positive impact.

Massawa, 20 January 2014 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region indicated that the integrated endeavors exerted last year in the domain of health have witnessed positive impact. It made the remark at an assessment meeting last week, during which it was stated that instances of various diseases have shown marked decline, while anti-Polio vaccination campaigns have registered gratifying outreach.

Accordingly, the accomplishments in 2013 pertain to antenatal and postnatal care, immunization, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, malaria eradication, as well as community-based environmental hygiene, among others.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Yohanes Tekeste, Head of the branch office, explained that the government’s increased endeavors regarding human resource development and furthering outreach of social service have given rise to betterment of people’s wellbeing. He further lauded the commitment of health professionals, and said that active participation of all government bodies as well as communities constitutes a prerequisite pertaining to the implementation of the action plan for 2014.

The participants of the meeting put forth views on a number of issues.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Health, Ms. Amina Nur-Hussein, expressed appreciation for the health personnel in the region for exerting focused efforts in a bid to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. She also pointed out that some of the major accomplishments of the year relate to human resource development and the putting in place of health infrastructures, as well as drug and facility supply, among others.

The Minister went on to state that major health projects would be implemented nationwide this year at a total expenditure of 670 million Nakfa. Accordingly, community hospitals and health stations would be constructed in Ela-Babu, Umle and Embatkala, besides the initiative expected to be taken to upgrade a number of medical institutions and install solar panels in health stations in remote areas.

The Administrator of the Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsigereda Woldegiorgis, noted the vitality of community-based style of living as regards promoting health, and expressed the Administration’s readiness to collaborate in health activities.

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