Angola to train 38,000 healthcare professionals by 2027

LUANDA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Angola's Ministry of Health has announced a plan to train 38,000 healthcare professionals by 2027, the Angola Press Agency (Angop) reported.

This training program will encompass all healthcare careers and education levels, Angop reported, citing a press release issued Monday by the ministry.

The ministry reiterated its commitment to improving the performance of primary and secondary healthcare units and expanding universal primary healthcare coverage. It also stated that it would continue recruiting more healthcare professionals based on the economic and financial conditions of the country.

There is a need for approximately 28,000 medical doctors to meet the World Health Organization's recommendation of one doctor per 1,000 inhabitants. Currently, Angola, with a population of 34.5 million, has only 8,000 doctors, Angop said.

Angola's national health system comprises about 2,000 units, including eight central hospitals, 32 provincial or general hospitals, 228 municipal hospitals and health centers, and 1,453 health posts.

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