Country grew fast and with impetus – minister

Huambo – Angola has grown rapidly and impetuously, allowing the gradual improvement of Angola’s life expectancy, from 45 to 60 years of age, in just over 12 years, stressed on Tuesday, in central Huambo Province, the National Defence minister, JoAPound o Lourenco.

Speaking at the main act in xcelebration of the National Peace and Reconciliation, held at the Martires da Kanhala stadium, in the Municipality of Caala, he reaffirmed that in the same period the illiteracy rate fell from 50 to 34 percent in the adult population.

The outcome of the country’s efforts in fifteen years of peace is also visible in the national education system, where, according to JoAPound o Lourenco, the figure has grown 3.6 times in terms of the number of staffs, and non-university students increased from 2.5 million, In 2002, to 9 million in 2016.

In higher education, peace allowed the number of students to multiply by over 20 times, from 14,000 in 2002 to 286,000 in 2016.

The Defence minister also spoke of the advances in the health sector, which allowed the reduction of child mortality rate to 44.000 live births in 2016, against 150,000 that were recorded before the country achieved politico-military stability.

In order to elucidate the thousands of Angolans present at the event, JoAPound o Lourenco emphasized that the infant-juvenile mortality rate is now 68 per 1,000 live births, and in 2001 it was 250 per 1,000 live births.

The growth of the health sector has also facilitated the reduction of the number of children under the age of five suffering from chronic malnutrition, which is currently around 15 percent, compared to 45 percent in the period of instability.

According to the minister of National Defence, important gains were also recorded in the rehabilitation and modernization of the country’s main infrastructures, such as the rehabilitation and construction of roads and bridges, as well as railways.

Source: Angola Press News Agency