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Ministers of Health of Angola and Brazil visited a human milk bank

The Ministers of Health of Angola and Brazil, Sílvia Lutucuta and Nísia Trindade Lima, visited on Saturday, in Luanda, the Human Milk Bank of Maternidade Lucrécia Paím, within the framework of institutional cooperation.


Speaking to the press, the Angolan minister said that the care pressure for premature children is very high in this unit. "We have about 45 children with low weight due to their prematurity and who need this precious liquid", said Sílvia Lutucuta, in a statement to which VerAngola had access.

The Human Milk Bank relies on donations from women from the Ministry of the Interior, which have saved the lives of several babies. The actual capacity of the Milk Bank, said the holder of the Health portfolio, is around 100 liters per day, "But we are still below this capacity and we need to mobilize more people".

The Human Milk Bank is a specialized center and mandatorily linked to a maternal and/or child hospital, responsible for promoting and encouraging breastfeeding and carrying out the collection, processing and quality control of colostrum, transitional milk and mature human milk, for further distribution, under medical prescription or from a nutritionist.

Minister Sílvia Lutucuta made it known that the agreement signed with Brazil aims to strengthen the training of staff bilaterally - staff will come from Brazil to Angola, also for the learning process and exchange of experiences - and the same will happen with the trainers.

“Our Emergency Training Plan has very well defined goals and we have Brazil as a strategic partner”, said the minister.

With regard to the fight against major endemic and neglected diseases, an agreement was signed that strengthens cooperation in the fight against leprosy, encompassing diagnosis, early prevention, epidemiological surveillance and the area of medicines.


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