Luanda - Although the situation of cholera is not alarming, the Provincial Government of Luanda Friday held a multisectoral meeting to strengthen measures to combat this disease, within the framework of the guidelines of the Interministerial Commission to Combat Cholera and Malaria, headed by the minister of health, Sílvia Lutucuta.
At the meeting, guided by the acting provincial governor, Júlio Bessa, strategies were developed for the prevention and cutting of cholera spread, especially where there was a heap of garbage.
The information was released Friday in Luanda by National Coordinator of the Programme to Fight against Malaria, José Franco Martins.
José Franco Martins said to the press after addressing the topic on malaria in Angola, at two-day course designed for trainers on Communication for Changing of behavious, sponsored by the Global Fund.
The official said that the increase in cases occurred in almost all country's provinces.
Dundo - Angola government is committed to providing security to refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), based in the eastern province of Lunda Norte.
Angola’s pledge was reaffirmed Wednesday by the province's governor Ernesto Muangala, adding that the country has created conditions for education and access to drinking water for DRC refugees.
Muangala was speaking at the Lóvua settlement, 80 kilometers from the provincial capital Dundo, during a ceremony that marked World Refugee Day, June 20.
Luanda - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has acknowledged Angola’s role in protecting the refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), based in the eastern Lunda Norte province.
The recognition came from the UNHCR representative in Angola, Philippa Candler, during a meeting with the president of the 10th Commission on Human Rights, Petitions, Complaints and Suggestions of the Citizens of the National Assembly, Raúl Danda held on Wednesday in Luanda.
Update on rat reinforcements in Angola.
It has been an exciting month for the mine detection rat (MDR) team in Angola as they welcomed 16 new landmine detecting HeroRATs on May 11th. Angolan MDR Supervisor Alfredo Adamo eagerly received the rats and was very pleased to report that they arrived in good health and settled easily into their new home in Uíge Province about 300 kilometers from the capital city of Luanda.
13,606 Refugees in Lóvua
22,650 Refugees receiving assistance in Lunda Norte
3,343 HouseholdsPersons with disabilities
57% Children <18 years old Unaccompanied and Separated Children
49% Women 725 Households headed by women
4,505 Refugees under education age
41 Villages occupied vs 57 planned
Luanda - At least 1.5 million cases of malaria that resulted in 3,853 deaths were recorded in the six months in Angola, exceeding the 1.3 million cases in 2016 when the country was hit by yellow fever epidemic.
Alike in 2016, the Angolan health authorities described 2018 as an epidemiological year.
The provinces of Cuanza Norte, Bengo and Huambo are the most endemic regions, according to data released by the Secretary of State for Health, José Vieira Dias da Cunha.
By Arnaldo Vieira
Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.
Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.
According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.
Mbanza Kongo - At least 170 citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were repatriated last weekend by the Migration and Foreigners Service (SME) in northern Zaire province for illegal stay in Angola.
The mentioned foreigners entered the national territory by clandestine routes, escaping the control of Border Guard Police personnel assigned along the border perimeter, said the third deputy head of migration of provincial department of SME, João Lourenço Júnior.
Water trucking in Lóvua finishes at the end of May. The first of six boreholes to be drilled, finally reached water at 138 metres.
Current Communicating with Communities interventions for the DRC refugees aim to build the capacity of leaders on key family competencies, conflict resolution and service management.
Due to the expansion of Lóvua, many villages in the settlement are located far from the existing health centre. Another clinic will be built to improve the services delivery.
Huambo - Angolan Government has vowed to reduce the risk of introducing Ebola virus into the country from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This was confirmed Wednesday by minister of Health Sílvia Lutukuta, who alluded to the country’s reviving emergency and multi-sector contingency plan.
Sílvia Lutukuta was speaking at the opening session of the 28th Consultative Council of the sector, held in central Huambo province.
Caxito - Some 14, 796 unexploded ordnance were destroyed Friday in Icau locality, Dande municipality (northern Bengo province).
This is part of the ongoing demining process in the country, the head of operations of the National Demining Institute (INAD) in Bengo, Paulo Canganjo, told the press.
Several metals, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, were among the devices destroyed by INAD.
Soyo - At least 14 health technicians in Soyo town, northern Zaire province, were deployed along the Mwanda region and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border to bolster the surveillance and avoid the spread of Ebola outbreak hitting that neighbouring country.
This was told to Angop on Wednesday in Soyo city by the local health director, Pedro Lussukamo.
He underlined that the referred health technicians and partners increased the epidemiological surveillance measures at local ports and airports.
Registration of newborns resumed in Lóvua. On Wednesdays, a team from the civil registry will be registering newborn refugees in the settlement.
A Joint Assessment Mission by authorities and partners is on-going until the end of May. The findings will allow the redesign of emergency food-security and nutritional response beyond July 2018.
The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay.