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Mozambican Health Minister Nazira Abdula called on all citizens to show additional commitment to improve sanitation, particularly during the rainy season

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This Monday in Maputo there was held ceremony where the health authorities received from the contractor a health center in the Alto Mae.

And also there acted Mozambican Health Minister Nazira Abdula, who urged all citizens to show additional commitment to observe individual and collective hygiene measures and improve sanitation, particularly during the rainy season, because this time of year most prone to outbreaks of disease.

In Mozambique the rainy season begins in October and runs through to the end of March. According to the minister, measures which can be accepted in avoidance of diseases are: sleeping under mosquito nets, and placing nets in doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering houses. It is also possible to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. These could include stagnant pools, 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 the fact that with the increased disease burden, the demand for health services also increases and consequently there is a greater flow of patients to the health units. According to her this can increase waiting times so she called all citizens for calm and cooperation.

Last week Nazira Abdula speaking in the country’s parliament guaranteed that the country possesses stocks of all the essential medicines to treat the main diseases that threaten its citizens. Minister said the medicines are available and are sent in kits to the health units, with each kit containing medicines for about 1,000 patients.

In her speech in Maputo Nazira Abdula also expressed the government’s recognition of the active participation of its cooperation partners in efforts to reduce suffering and for the support they have given in financing the actions programmed in the government’s Economic and Social Plan for this year.

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