Mozambique gets cardiac institute

Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has become the second southern African country, after South Africa, to acquire the capacity to carry out open heart surgery.
This follows the inauguration by President Joaquim Chissano of the Cardiac Institute in Maputo, which possesses the most modern cardiological equipment, set up thanks to aid from France, Switzerland, Portugal and Britain.
Officially opening the institute on Wednesday, Chissano praised this "smart partnership", which he said would lead to the creation of a Mozambican capacity in cardio-vascular medicine.
He added that the fact that major names in European heart surgery have travelled to Maputo to operate on Mozambican children was "a gesture of exemplary solidarity.
" Mozambique news agency reported that the cardiac institute is a private non-profit making body.
It hopes to concentrate on children from poor families suffering from heart disease.
"It is gratifying to know that heart disease can now be treated, at practically all levels, in our country, and that this will mainly benefit the poorest strata of our population", declared Chissano.
One in 7,000 children born in Mozambique suffers from Heart malformations which, if left untreated, condemns them to an early death.

29 june 2001 09:23:00




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