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Minister of Health concerned about the increase in cases of meningitis in Huambo

The Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, this Thursday carried out a working visit to the province of Huambo, where she noted the increase in cases of meningitis, not failing to show concern about the situation and speeding up a vaccination campaign focused on local children.


According to the minister, cited by the Ministry of Health, there has been an increase in cases of meningitis in children and adolescents under the age of 15.

The health technicians of the province of Huambo, under conditions of epidemiological surveillance, identified and notified some existing cases as being bacterial meningitis.

"A multidisciplinary team was here for 15 days. We are here again for clinical and in-depth evaluation of cases and to carry out an active search, strengthen epidemiological and laboratory surveillance and also provide a training package to technicians in epidemiological surveillance, collection techniques and conservation of basic necessary samples, training in case handling, etc.", said the minister.

"Some of the causative agents of meningitis, in some cases, are respiratory bacteria and there are vaccines to treat and prevent this disease," reinforced the minister, who announced a campaign for children in the province to be vaccinated.

During her stay in the central plateau, Sílvia Lutucuta visited the General Hospital, the Sanatorium Hospital, the Huambo Municipal Hospital, the Lossambo Health Center, the Caála Municipal Hospital, the Caála Centrality Health Center, the Provincial Medicines Depot and the Hospital Cambiote Municipality.

The head of the Health sector was accompanied on this visit by the representative of the World Health Organization in Angola, Djamila Cabral, the National Director of Public Health, Helga Freitas, the National Director of Hospitals, Jovita André and technicians from the National Institute for Research in Health and of the World Health Organization.

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