Angolan official sounds alarm over child malnutrition in southern province

At least 1,485 cases of severe malnutrition cases in children were registered in southern Angola’s Huila province, from January to February this year, an official told the press on Wednesday.

Lubango’s city health director, Judith dos Santos Rocheta, listed among the causes of malnutrition in children the poor breastfeeding and pathologies such as tuberculosis, HIV, acute diarrhea, as well as sickle cell anemia.

Rocheta added that among the patients are also children suffering from chronic malnutrition, as they are born with the infirmity due to the poor health conditions of the mothers.

On Tuesday Angolan Health minister, Silvia Lutucuta told the press that the problems in the sector are deeper than she thought.

The official was appointed to the post as a result of the new government that came out of general elections last August.

Lutucuta admitted that the country is facing a “huge shortage” of medicine in hospitals due to the current financial crisis.

The improvement of medicine logistics and punishment for those illegally trading medicines are among the challenges of the ministry of health so as to provide better services to the population, she said.
The minister also spoke of the existence serious problems concerning humanization of health care services in the country. Enditem

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