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Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:58 - Updated Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:58

WHO urges Angola to improve primary healthcare

Luanda - The outgoing representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Angola, Hernando Agudelo, on Monday in Luanda urged the country’s health authorities to improve primary healthcare assistance, especially inside the communities.

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outgoing representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hernando Agudelo, sided by health minister Sílvia Lutucuta.

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Speaking to the press during a farewell ceremony, the WHO official said that improving primary health care service, by creating more care units in the communities, helps to combat predictable pathologies in the communities.

According to Hernando Agudelo, improving primary health care helps reduce the influx of patients in the country's reference hospitals.

Aguelo, who has completed a seven-year mission in the country, said in his  opinion more than 70 percent of health problems could  be solved at primary level in health centres close to the population.

He also recommended the strengthening of maternal deaths monitoring committees and national public health programmes, since they are  fundamental services to enable access and care assistance for people in need.

The minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, on her turn, reiterated the sector's commitment to improving medical care for the population, in particular primary health care.

"Our attention is focused on primary health care, which should be the gateway to the health system, and human resources are being placed in the municipalities to address this issue," she stressed.

The minister also highlighted the work that has been carried out with WHO with the aim to improve health services in the country.

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