Dropping trend of instances of communicable diseases in Southern region outcome of growing popular awareness: Report
Mendefera, 1 March 2014 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Southern region pointed out that the dropping trend of instances of communicable diseases in the region is an outcome of the growing popular awareness. It made the remark at an assessment meeting, during which it was noted that such accomplishment could be registered thanks to the active collaboration of stakeholders and communities.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Laine Ogbazgi, Head of control of communicable diseases in the branch office, indicated that enhanced promotional activities could be executed in partnership with stakeholders, and thus registering a 30% decline in malaria morbidity and a 15% fall as regards communicable diseases in general. He further disclosed that such achievement attests to the impact of the timely message and information delivered to the public, and said that instances of communicable diseases among children have also shown visible decline.
Mr. Laine went on to call on the inhabitants of the region to refrain from drinking raw milk and resort to regular veterinary checkup for their livestock.
The participants of the meeting on their part called on the Ministry of Agriculture to step up endeavors in connection with vaccination services targeting bovine diseases such as anthrax.
Also speaking at the meeting, Mr. Isayas Araya, Administrator of the Health Ministry’s branch office, stated that increased efforts based on partnership should be made pertaining to control of communicable diseases, and called on health professionals to demonstrate greater commitment in their respective domains.