From: Yemane Natnael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 26 2008 - 21:13:45 EST
Eritrea’s achievement in health sector creating promising prospects to child growth in the Sub-Saharan countries: UNICEF report
Nov 26, 2008, 13:29
Asmara, 26 November 2008 - A joint report issued today in Asmara by UNICEF and the Ministry of Health regarding the condition of children in Africa-2008 indicated that the major achievements Eritrea has registered in the health sector are creating promising prospects in child growth in the Sub-Saharan countries.
At a gathering in which ministers, representatives of various UN agencies and invited guests took part, Mr. Saleh Meki, Minister of Health, pointed out that Eritrea has been exerting vigorous efforts over the past 10 years focusing on child welfare which have borne fruitful outcome.
Noting that endeavors are being made to ensure quality child health care, he outlined the task being undertaken to control the spread of malaria and the vaccination programs being carried out to eradicate various diseases. As a result, most of the diseases have been controlled, the Minister elaborated.
Ms. Dorothy Rozga, Deputy UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, said on her part that this year’s Africa’s children report is being issued for the first time and explained that half of the deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world occur in Africa. Contrary to this, the UNICEF regional director said that she has personally witnessed and drew valuable lesson from the accomplishment Eritrea has scored in reducing the death rate of children under the age of 5.
Likewise, the UNICEF Country Representative, Ms. Eva Johansson, stated that at a time when the death rate of children under the age of 5 in the Sub-Saharan countries is becoming quite disturbing, the 50% decline in the death rate of children in this age group in Eritrea represents a major achievement. Commending the efforts made on the part of the people and Government of Eritrea to this end, she asserted that UNICEF would collaborate with Eritrea in its efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals.
Meanwhile, a report presented on the occasion regarding the condition of Eritrean children highlighted the relentless endeavors being made in human resource development, expanding health service and ensuring basic child health care, among others.
UNICEF report indicate that Eritrea has dropped the death rate of children under the age of 5 by 50% over the period 1990-2006, in addition to eradicating polio and significantly reducing death rate resulting from malaria infection.
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