Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Equatorial Guinea Advances Public Health Through Education

Equatorial Guinea's (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Sanitary Prevention Department launched a cholera and measles vaccination campaign in an effort to further improve health services for the nation's citizens.

Health centers in Malabo have expanded their immunization programs and launched a vaccination campaign for pregnant women and children up to 5 years of age. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said the vaccination campaign will improve the quality of health care and be of great benefit to the people of Equatorial Guinea.

Another effort to improve the quality of life for children was the arrival of new UNICEF representative for Equatorial Guinea, Aboubacar Saibou. The State Secretary for International Cooperation, Victoriana Nchama Nsue Okomo, received his credentials during the meeting where he explained that UNICEF's plan of action is to work closely with the government to address child- and education-related issues.

UNICEF Representative Aboubacar said: "Our goal in Equatorial Guinea is to support the government in reducing children issues and working on health and social protection areas to promote the rights of children and women and improve the quality of education. Our job is to take measures to protect children and women in the country."

During the hearing, Aboubacar was accompanied by deputy Eduardo Rodriguez and UNICEF Information Officer Felipe Esono Croner.