Angolan health staff urged to strengthen skills to fight acute febrile illness

A medical technician draws a blood sample to screen for glucose and cholesterol at a free health screening as part of the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

The Angolan health professionals were urged to strengthen their skills to fight acute febrile illnesses and thus respond to the need of information, education and communication to communities and publicize the proposal of the surveillance sub-system.

This was said on Monday in Luanda by the Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, while speaking on behalf of the Vice President of the Republic, Bornito de Sousa, at the opening of the two-day conference on febrile diseases with a high impact on public health in Angola.

She said that the universal access to health necessarily entails the concentrated effort of the government, social organizations, communities and professionals in the field dedicated to the pursuit of development policies already outlined and strategies for their implementation.

According to her, social organizations and health professionals are key in the struggle to improve the social conditions and the quality of life of Angolans, objectives that must mobilize the entire nation and a good part of its resources, both human and material.

In an event organized by her sector and Sagrada Esperanca Foundation, the minister stressed that health is considered today as a property of the responsibility of all, and in particular, of the social and economic sectors.

“It is a necessary asset for each one of us and should be within the reach of all for the progressive development of the country, understanding that health is a process of commitment and national decision, but that its application is local,” she said.

To Silvia Lutucuta, it is important to invest in health sciences research to improve health indicators and increase the human development index in Angola. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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