Almotamar.net, Saba - Vice President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi directed on Monday to open new health centers with a capacity of 50 beds in every district, and a central hospital in every province within the next five-year plan.
This came in his speech delivered at the inauguration of the National Week for Safe Motherhood, organized by Ministry of Public Health and Population during October 18-24.
At the inauguration, Hadi affirmed the importance of this activity which deals with the most important health interventions related to the development aspect represented in the health of the mother and newborn.
He pointed out that talking over the health requires reviewing the strategic vision towards the implementation of the referential standards to achieve the goals in accordance with the national trends.
Hadi noted the importance of focusing efforts in the area of maternal health, which is relevant to the fifth goal of the Millennium Development Goals for, especially in light of the national statistics and the relevant estimates of the UN organizations.
"Despite the indications of the available date on the reduction in the rate of maternal mortality in Yemen from 450 cases per 100 thousands live births in 1990 (base year) to 215 cases in 2008, we need more support to reduce the maternal mortality to 135 cases per 100 thousand live births by 2015 at least to keep up with the Millennium goals", Hadi said.
He indicated that this requires confirming the reports of the national demographic survey on health.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Eng. Hisham Sharaf and Minister of Agriculture Ghazi Al-Ahwal met on Tuesday with the Resident Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Sana'a Dr. Salah El Hajj.
The meeting reviewed aspects of cooperation between Yemen and FAO, especially with regard to the food security situation in Yemen.