More than 300,000 children between the age of six months and five years old were screened for tuberculosis during Mozambique’s National Health Week which ended on 29 July. According to figures released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, over eight thousand children presented signs of tuberculosis. The Deputy National Director of Public Health, Quinhas Fernandes, told reporters that some of the children had direct contact with patients with tuberculosis and have been referred to health units where a more accurate diagnosis can be carried out. Most of the suspected cases were registered in Cabo Delgado province (2,350), Zambezia (1,370), Sofala (1,226), Tete (1,194), and Nampula (1,150). However, the figures for Gaza province are not yet available. In general, the Ministry of Health considers the National Health Week to have exceeded expectations. A total of 4,587,408 children received vitamin A supplements (106 per cent of the target), and 3,861,994 children were dewormed (101 per cent of the target). In addition, family planning and contraception was given to 677,456 women, which was 120 per cent of the week’s target.
According to Fernandes, this level of coverage is the result of the involvement of all the population, but particularly community leaders, cooperation partners, communications specialists, and health care professionals who spread the word so that families knew to present themselves at the health units.

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