This Monday in Maputo a ceremony was held to open a health center in the Alto Mae with the health authorities present.
Among those invited there was a Mozambican Health Minister Nazira Abdula, who urged all citizens to show additional commitment in observing individual and collective hygiene measures to improve sanitation, particularly during the rainy season, because this time of year is most prone to outbreaks of a disease.
In Mozambique the rainy season begins in October and runs through till the end of March. According to the minister, the measures to prevent diseases are the following: sleeping under mosquito nets, and placing nets in doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering houses; eliminating potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes including pools with stagnant water, patches of tall grass around homes, and all objects that might contain water – such as used cans and bottles, and old tyres.
The minister noted that with the increased disease burden, the demand for health services had also increased and consequently there is a greater flow of patients to the health units. It can increase waiting time so she encouraged everybody involved to be patient and cooperate.
Last week Nazira Abdula spoke in the country’s parliament and guaranteed that the country possessed necessary stocks of all the essential medicines to treat the main diseases that may threaten its citizens. Minister said the medicines are available and are being sent to the health units, with each kit containing medicines for about 1,000 patients.
In her speech in Maputo, Nazira Abdula also recognized the cooperation partners who took an active part in their efforts to reduce suffering and for the support they had given in financing the actions listed in the annual state Economic and Social Plan.