Health in Equatorial Guinea

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The national health system of Equatorial Guinea consists of four levels: health posts in each village of 600 people, dispensaries in health centers with a qualified nurse at the intermediate level, district level hospitals, and two referral hospitals at the most centralized level. In 2004, there were an estimated 25 physicians, 40 nurses, 1 dentist, 1 pharmacist, and 2 midwives per 100,000 people.

Health status

Life expectancy

The 2014 CIA estimated average life expectancy in Equatorial Guinea was 63.49 years.[1]

Endemic diseases

Major health problems (1992 data) are preventable diseases, mainly malaria (increasingly chloroquine resistant), parasitic disease, upper respiratory infections, gastroenteritis, and complications of pregnancy. In the continental zone, sickle cell anaemia is common. Approximately 61 percent of the country’s children were immunized against measles between 1991 and 1994.

HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS prevalence was 3.40 per 100 adults in 2003. As of 2004, there were approximately 5,900 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. There were an estimated 370 deaths from AIDS in 2003.

Maternal and child healthcare

In 2005, the infant mortality rate was estimated at 91.16 per 1,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate in 1990 was 820 women per 100,000 live births.

References

  1. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook Life Expectancy". Cia.gov. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 

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