The Executive Director of the Build Timor Foundation (FTH) is very concerned as the stock of the Anti Retro Viral medicine for HIV/AIDS patients is low and some has already expired. FTH Executive Director Aguia Ximnes Belo considers the issue is serious and the Ministry of Health must resolve it immediately because many patients require this medicine to prolong their lives.
The Maries Stopes International Clinic Timor-Leste (MSITL) distributed information on reproductive health to journalists to increase their knowledge of this topic.According to the Coordinator of Marketing at MSITL, Mariano da Silva, journalists have an important role to disseminate information in the community.He said the objective of the workshop was to encourage journalists to understand more about basic reproductive health, so they can report this information to the community.“What we observe is that journalists so far tend to report on politics, economics, agriculture but very little on health,” said Marketing Coordinator da Silva, in Dili.
The Director of the Bairo-Pite Clinic says the clinic is facing difficulties as they lack enough space for expecting mothers to give birth. Nevertheless the Director, Daniel Murphy, said they made an effort to care for these mothers.
Health staff at the Emergency Department are concerned because patients with everyday sicknesses come to the Emergency Department at the hospital to look for intensive treatment. According to the Head of the Emergency Department at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) Americo dos Santos,often people in the community do not understand the system of care within the Emergency Department.
According to the Coordinator of the Mary Stopes International (MSI) Clinic Timor-Leste, Fernanda Maria Serra, Tubectomy (tying of the tubes) is a safe and effective method for women who have serious problems during pregnancy or who do not want any more children.Coordinator Serra said the procedure is offered by MSI to women aged above 36 years old or those with more than seven children.
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