Minister of Health and Social Welfare discusses improvements in national health services through the education of Equatorial Guinean health care professionals
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea
, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is "a huge effort from the Head of State and Government to purchase medicines, medical supplies, and medical equipment, but we also need to ensure that management is conducted responsibly, and we have people of integrity in leadership positions," according to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of
, Tomas Mecheba Fernandez. Mecheba Fernandez made his comments on the state of the country's health sector during an interview at the new headquarters of the Ministry of Information, Press and Radio on
is looking forward to preparing a new generation of health care professionals, and is currently conducting training courses aimed at improving the profession's capabilities. For instance, groups of medical students have traveled to universities around the world, including those of
, to advance their medical skills.
As an example of
increasing public health efforts
, the Minister said that
delivers food to the sick in different cities such as
, Bata, Baney, Riaba, Niefang, Kogo, and Mbini, at a cost of more than
eight million CFA francs
each month. In terms of the current health services offered in
, he said that the number of operating clinics is sufficient and there are "two hospitals with highly advanced medical technology." He added that
is carrying out a "vast program of renovation, construction and equipping of the National Health Service."
has also provided technical assistance to the local
United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) to improve the effectiveness of its assistance program and has implemented a host of health programs geared toward improving the health of Equatorial Guineans. Basic health indicators such as rates of infant and child mortality have been improving steadily in the country, and the government is widely recognized for its efforts to eradicate malaria.
About Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial
) is the only Spanish-speaking country in
, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply.
Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa.
The country hosted the
2011 Summit of the African Union
2012 Africa Cup of Nations
2012 Leon H. Sullivan Summit
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