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Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:37 - Updated Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:21

Angola and Brazil agree on health staff training

Luanda - The Ministry of Health (MINSA) is focused on making agreements in several specialized areas, because there is a shortcoming in this regard, stated last Monday, in Luanda, the Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta.

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Angola and Brazil sign agreement on health staff training

Photo: Pedro Parente

The official was speaking at the signing ceremony of the technical cooperation projects, between Angola and Brazil, in prevention and control of cancer and full care for people with sickle-cell anaemia.

According to the official, the country has big challenges and has been taking significant steps in terms of the training of undergraduate health students, including those with a medical high school degree, but, she said, there are gaps in specialization.

“That is why we would like to take the opportunity and create our cooperation in the domain of training specialized staff and in other strategic areas such as the control of great endemics”, she added.

The minister stressed that tuberculosis and malaria represent great challenges for Angola, as well as other similar diseases from Brazil such as Dengue and some cases of Zika.  

She also highlighted the great challenge of cutting HIV/Aids transmission from mother to child, taking into account that Brazil is more advanced in this area, since the South American country was able to reduce to zero percent this transmission process in various cities, mostly in São Paulo, stressing that with this experience Angola is looking to have gains in this fight. 

On behalf of Angola, the agreement was signed by the Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, and for Brazil the document was signed by Health minister Luiz Henrique Mandeta, who took the opportunity to say that the Brazilian health system is open to cooperation strengthening with Angola.

The Brazilian Health minister will be paying a 24-hour visit to Angola filled with many activities, with the focus on the inauguration of the first Breastfeeding Milk Bank in Lucrécia Paim Maternity Hospital, in Luanda.

The agreement will support patients with cancer and sickle-cell anaemia, two diseases affecting thousands of people.

According to the paediatric doctor Brígida dos Santos, sickle-cell anaemia is already a public health problem because the numbers of cases are enormous, emphasizing that from January up to now 1,008 new cases were already diagnosed in David Bernardino Paediatric Hospital.

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