Angola shows progress in health field since independence

Luanda – Angola’s minister Luis Gomes Sambo said recently in Luanda that the country has made progress in terms of human health resources, in what he described the trend as a result of the Government efforts underway since Independence.

Making reference to the period of Independence, the minister said that Angola had about 45 physicians.

In 2002 the number increased to 1,200 and in 2014 it reached 3,600 physicians, while the number of pharmacists went from five in 1980, to 510 in 2014, he said.

Another remarkable effort quoted by minister was the training of nurses and specialties.

Luis Sambo said that in 1975 there were 3, 500.

According to him, this number increased to 13,000 in 2002, and currently there are 33,000 specialists trained in various areas.

This raise is reflected in the improvement of the distribution of staff to meet the needs of all municipalities and provinces of the country, the minister stressed.

Another example pointed out by Luis Gomes Sambo is the increase in health infrastructure which, despite the war that destroyed most of them, the number jumped from 1,500 in 1988 to 3,000 units.

According to the minister, the development in the health sector is an evidence of the socio-economic growth of the country.

Source: Angola Press News Agency