4 September 2010, Addis Ababa – The Ministry of Health said remarkable achievements registered in the health sector should be scaled up to realize the five year National Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).
Speaking at a training organised for journalists on TB Public Relations and Health Communication Directorate with the Ministry, Ahmed Emano said government will give prior attention for the reduction of maternal and child mortality rate, HIV/AIDS and malaria epidemic.
The Government is striving to achieve MDGs and mass media, he said and urged mass media to play indispensable role in for the same cause.
TB Good Will Ambassador Artist Fikadu Tekilemariam on his part said the public should go to heath facilities immediately when it observes signs of the disease. He urged the mass media and public relations practitioners to raise the awareness of the public on mode of transmission and prevention ways of TB disease.
According to WHO report, Ethiopia ranks 7th among 22 countries where TB is rampant. The culture of visiting health facilities is poor and the transmission of the disease increasing in an alarming rate, it was learnt.
St. Petros General Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bahiredin Mohammed said due to improper usage of TB medicine and owing to the low level of understanding about the treatment of the disease, the medicine given for six to eight months is adhering with the virus.
Hence, he said mass media and public relation practitioners have indispensable role to address this public health threat. He said government upgraded the hospital to a general level with a view to expand its service for a wider community.
The CEO said the service given to TB out patients around Mesalemia area in the metropolis, will be transferred to St. Petros Hospital as of September 11, 2010.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Blindness Prevention and Control
Blindness is one of the major health problems in Ethiopia. Cataract, trachoma, glaucoma and childhood blindness are the major causes of loss of eyesight. Trachoma and cataract alone constitute more than 70% of the total blindness in the country.
The main causes of childhood blindness appear to be corneal scarring, which is related to measles, Vitamin-A deficiency, acute infections and trauma. More than 80% of all blindness in Ethiopia is preventable or curable.
The major targets of this program is to develop a national strategic plan, perform about 36,000 cataract surgeries per year, and assist in developing an administrative directive for corneal transplantation, and to conduct survey on prevalence of blindness. Ultimately, it aims to reduce the prevalence of blindness from 1.5% to 0.7%.
The number of lid-surgeries for trachomatous-trichiasis increased from around 15,000 in 2002 to 35,000 in 2004.