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General Aviation Services to commence domestic flights

The General Aviation Services (GAS) announced that it will commence domestic flights twice a week every Friday and Sunday starting from 3 February to-and-from Asmara, Massawa and Assab.

Asmara, 23 January 2017- The General Aviation Services (GAS) announced that it will commence domestic flights twice a week every Friday and Sunday starting from 3 February to-and-from Asmara, Massawa and Assab.

Air tickets will be available at Eritrean Airlines ticket office in Asmara, Massawa and Assab.

The aviation service also indicated that the commencement of these flights is aimed at introducing and facilitating pertinent transportation service to-and-from the two port cities of Massawa and Assab and that there are plans to increase flights in the future.

The airplane that will provide flight service has a capacity of transporting 56 passengers on board and that there are plans to expand the flights to other local and regional destinations in the near future.

Meanwhile, GAS announces that in connection with the upcoming holiday of Asterio Pilgrimage it will provide flight services to-and-from Asmara - Massawa from 27 to 30 January.

Call for conservation of forests

Captain Yirgaw Kahsai, heads of Forestry and Wildlife Supervision branch, underlined that forests have a pivotal contribution in augmenting biodiversity and called on the public to step up participation in promoting the culture of planting trees and ensure their conservation. 

Asmara, 23 January 2017- Captain Yirgaw Kahsai, heads of Forestry and Wildlife Supervision branch, underlined that forests have a pivotal contribution in augmenting biodiversity and called on the public to step up participation in promoting the culture of planting trees and ensure their conservation.

The call was made at a meeting conducted with heads of sub regional administrations and branch heads of the respective department.

Accordingly, Captain Yirgaw also urged the residents of Gul’i, Arberobu’e, Shegirini and Durfo to prevent the deforestation activities being carried out in their areas.

In the same vein, Mr. Zerit Tewondemedhin, Managing Director in the Central region, and L/Colonel Ghebregergish Sium, head of forestry and wildlife resources, underlined the paramount importance of participation of the society in soil and water conservation efforts.


Soil and Water Conservation

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, has called for strengthening soil and water conservation campaign so as to raise output. He made the call at a meeting in Barentu on 18 January.

Asmara, 21 January 2017 -  The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, has called for strengthening soil and water conservation campaign so as to raise output. He made the call at a meeting in Barentu on 18 January.

The Minister also underlined the need to identify the main cause for the declining soil and water conservation activities in the past 5 years and thereby create platform for exemplary farmers to share their experiences. He also stressed the need for introducing green fodder so as to augment milk and meat production.

Reports were presented at the meeting regarding enhancement of crop production, fruits and vegetables, milk and meat production, bee and poultry farming, soil conservation and irrigation farming, livestock health, forestry and wildlife resources, in addition to projects development.

The participants voiced readiness to strengthen organizational capacity and demonstrate active participation in agricultural development programs.

Veteran fighter Tsegai Gebremedhin passes away

Veteran fighter Tsegai Gebremedhin passed away at the age of 79.

Asmara, 20 January 2017- Veteran fighter Tsegai Gebremedhin passed away at the age of 79.

Veteran fighter Tsegai joined the ELF in 1964 and in 1966 he returned to Asmara and was active in clandestine political activities and as a result was imprisoned by the Derg security forces. In 1975 he was released from prison through the Sembel Prison Operation to release prisoners and joined the Popular Forces.

Veteran fighter Tsegai Gebremedhin is survived by his wife and 5 children.

The funeral service of the veteran fighter will be held today, 21 January, at the Asmara Martyrs Cemetery.

Expressing deep sorrow in the passing away of the veteran fighter Tsegai Gebremedhin, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice expresses condolences to the family and friends.

Epiphany celebrated nationwide

Epiphany (Timket) was colorfully celebrated nationwide today, 19 January.

Asmara, 19 January 2017- Epiphany (Timket) was colorfully celebrated nationwide today, 19 January.

The celebration here in Asmara in which thousands of the faithful participated; a night long prayer was conducted in all Churches. A prayer service was also conducted at the Epiphany Holy water spot headed by Abune Lukas, Secretary General of the Holy Synod.

At the occasion Memhir Elias Habtai gave briefing on the historical background of the Timket Holiday.

The G. D. of Administration and Finance in the Central region, Mr. Berhane Negash, senior Government officials as well as other invited guests took part in the celebration.

Eritrean nationals abroad hold public diplomacy activities

The Charge d’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy in the US, Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet conducted a seminar to Eritrean nationals in Philadelphia on 15 January.

Asmara, 19 January- The Charge d’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy in the US, Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet conducted a seminar to Eritrean nationals in Philadelphia on 15 January.

Mr. Berhane gave extensive briefing as regards the development achievements registered and on the national development programs for 2017.

Mr. Berhane also pointed out that the external conspiracies against Eritrea have been foiled through the strong resilience of the Eritrean people.

The participants on their part expressed readiness to strengthen participation and contribution for the success of the national development endeavors.

In the same vein, the national associations in the North East of the US conducted annual congress from 13 to 14 January in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the congress the participants discussed on the reports presented by the different national associations and adopted resolutions pertaining future activities.

Mr. Dawit Haile, head of Public Relations at the East Coast of the US, gave briefing on strengthening organizational capacity, organizational guidelines and discipline as well as on national and community services and reinforcing productivity.

The participants on their part adopted different resolutions as regards ensuring active participation and reinforcing participation in the national development endeavors and others.

Likewise, the National Union of Eritrean Women branch in Copenhagen, Denmark, conducted second congress on 7 January.

The congress in which representatives of the different national associations took part, discussed on efforts that should be exerted to implement the set out programs, contribution of the national associations in the national development endeavors as well as reinforcing organizational capacity and collaboration among the different national associations.

The congress also elected executive committee for three years term.

Training on bee farming

Training on bee farming was provided to 22 youth in Adi-Quala sub-zone.

Mendefera, 19 January 2017- Training on bee farming was provided to 22 youth in Adi-Quala sub-zone.

The head of the NUEYS branch in the sub-zone, Mr. Okbai Kiflom said that the training is part of the endeavors by the national union to equip the youth with different skills and knowledge.

Mr. Teklebrhan Mehreteab, administrator of the sub-zone, pointed out that the training is aimed at augmenting the initiative of the youth in mounting productivity and called for its sustainability.

Documents of the Agriculture Ministry branch indicate that there are 670 bee farmers out of which 63 women in Adi-Quala sub-zone.

Central region: Reduction of maternal and child mortality

In an assessment meeting recently held, the Ministry of Health branch in the Central region reported that successful activities have been carried out in the reduction of maternal and child mortality.

Asmara, 18 January 2017- In an assessment meeting recently held, the Ministry of Health branch in the Central region reported that successful activities have been carried out in the reduction of maternal and child mortality.

As regards the factors that influenced the reduction in maternal and child mortality, Dr. Tesfay Solomon, Director of the Health Ministry’s branch in the region, explained that enhanced healthcare services, awareness raising programs for traditional midwives, empowerment of prenatal health care among others have been making due contribution for the commendable progress so far registered.

Dr. Tesfay further noted that immunization programs against various contagious diseases, mobile healthcare services delivered to school children and environmental hygiene have been making due contribution in ensuring maternal and child well-being.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Amina Nurhussien, Minister of Heath, said that effective healthcare service has been provided in the region and thus Hazhaz and Biet-Meka’e Hospitals will in 2017 begin to offer surgical services for efficient provision of maternity service.



Material support by Youth from Diaspora

Eritrean youth residing abroad have donated stationary materials to the Afabet Secondary School.

Asmara, 18 January 2017- Eritrean youth residing abroad have donated stationary materials to the Afabet Secondary School.

Commanding the youth for the contribution they made, Mr. Ahmed Abr, Directory of the school, explained that the donated materials which include photocopiers and printers will make due contribution in facilitating the teaching and learning process.

Representative of the youth on his part explained that the initiative of cooperation will continue in an enhanced manner.

Meanwhile, Eritreans residing in Böblingen, Germany have donated 40,000 Euro for the National Association of War Disabled Veterans.

Support to families of martyrs

At a meeting they held with administrative bodies on 17 January, the residents of Emni-Hayli expressed readiness to sustain efforts towards supporting families of martyrs and needy nationals.

Mendefera, 18 January 2017- At a meeting they held with administrative bodies on 17 January, the residents of Emni-Hayli expressed readiness to sustain efforts towards supporting families of martyrs and needy nationals.

Mr. Berhane Menghesha, administrator of Emni-Hayli sub-zone, commended the residents of the sub-zone for the efforts they exerted in the renovation of 32 km long road that connects Emni-Hayli with Adi-Behaylay as well in the renovation and construction of classrooms.

Mr. Berhane further explained that the residents of the area have ploughed farmland of 600 families of martyrs while Government employees in the sub-zone have donated 40,000 Nakfa in a bid to support families of martyrs.

The participants of the meeting on their part shared views as regards reinforcement of ties between the administrative office and the residents so as to create viable platform for the implementation of development programs.

Eritrean community festival in Australia and New Zealand

The 17th Eritrean community festival in Australia and New Zealand was enthusiastically conducted from 12 to 15 January under the theme “Half Century of Resilience and Development”.

Asmara, 17 January 2017- The 17th Eritrean community festival in Australia and New Zealand was enthusiastically conducted from 12 to 15 January under the theme “Half Century of Resilience and Development”.

The festival featured seminar by higher Eritrean Government representative, sports and cultural programs, fashion show and cultural food, children’s programs as well as cultural performances.

At the seminar he conducted, Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, gave extensive briefing on the different stages the Eritrean people had to go through to gain its independence and safeguarding the national sovereignty as well as the development achievements registered after independence.

Minister Osman also said that Eritrea is exerting strong efforts to develop bilateral relations and cooperation with different countries and that so far commendable progress has been registered.

The General Consul at the Eritrean Embassy in Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Mehari Tekeste on his part indicated the annual gathering of the Eritrean nationals attests to the strong attachment they have with their country.

The festival was highlighted by a cultural troupe from Eritrea.

NUEYS: Annual assessment meeting

The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students conducted its annual activity assessment meeting in Embatkala from 13 to 15 January.

Asmara, 17 January 2017- The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students conducted its annual activity assessment meeting in Embatkala from 13 to 15 January. The meeting also charted out activity plan for 2017.

In his opening speech, the Secretary of the PFDJ of the Northern Red Sea region, Mr. Haile Teweldebrhan said that the external conspiracies targeting the youth have been foiled through the strong awareness and resilience of the youth. He further indicated that the conspiracies could continue in different forms and called on the youth to remain resilient and alert.

The participants conducted extensive discussions on the achievements registered and the challenges encountered based on the reports presented by heads of the regional offices and departments. They also called for sustainable awareness raising and training programs to enable the youth strengthen participation in the national development endeavors.

The Chairman of the NUEYS, Mr. Saleh Ahmedin indicated that the union will exert effort to nurture youth equipped with the good societal vales, culture of work and above all dedicated and committed youth.

New book inaugurated

A new book written by Mr. Yasin Mohammed in Afar language titled “Tekeka” was inaugurated on 13 January in the port city of Assab.

Asmara, 17 January 2017- A new book written by Mr. Yasin Mohammed in Afar language titled “Tekeka” was inaugurated on 13 January in the port city of Assab.

The reviewers of the book indicated that Mr. Yasin has produced poems and short stories in different occasions and that the new book is the result of the experiences he cumulated.

The author on his part expressed appreciation to the Hidri Publishers for the support they provided him and that he will work diligently to produce more books.

Ambassador Mohammed-Seid Mantai, Managing Director in the Southern Red Sea region, and the Secretary of the PFDJ in the region were present at the occasion.

In the same vein, a new book “Semaiawi Hlina” containing 27 short stories written by Journalist Haileab Asefaw was inaugurated on 12 January at the Cinema Asmara.

Mr. Awet Tewelde, who presented book review, appreciating the language use of the author, presented the positive and negative sides of the book.

7th Commencement of the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry

In its 7th Commencement the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry graduated 36 doctors on 14 January following 8 years of education in General Medicine.

 

Asmara, 16 January 2017 – In its 7th Commencement the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry graduated 36 doctors on 14 January following 8 years of education in General Medicine.

The Minister of Health, Ms. Amina Nurhussein underlined that the institution is producing medical professionals equipped with  specialized skills.

Pointing out that producing quality human resource in medical sector is part and parcel of the investment being made in the national reconstruction and development programs, Minister Amina reminded the graduates of the heavy responsibility that is awaiting them in delivering quality health services.

Dr. Haile Mihtsun, Dean of the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry on his part pointed out the speedy advancements observed in medical science has significant impact in the development of health services in the country. He further underlined that the graduates have passed the international standard examinations with great success.

Reaffirming commitment to serve the people with dedication, the graduates commended the exemplary role and support parents and instructors displayed during their 8 years of learning experience.

Established in 2004, the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry has to-date graduated 243 doctors in General Medicine and 20 in Dentistry.

Health Awareness Workshop in Mendefera

The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) Debub branch, organized a health awareness workshop in Mendefera on 13 January as regards the causes and prevention of fistula.

Mendefera, 14 January 2017 – The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) Debub branch, organized a health awareness workshop in Mendefera on 13 January as regards the causes and prevention of fistula.

The workshop that was attended by junior school students, teachers and members of the Harmful Practices Prevention Committee included the physical, physiological and social problems affecting women in general and the consequences women are subjected to by not exposing their condition in particular.

Health experts pointed out during the workshop that 90% from the total number of women that underwent fistula surgeries at the Mendefera Referral Hospital have shown complete recovery. They further called on the society to avoid harmful practices such as underage marriages and FGM that are the root causes of fistula.

Women who recovered from fistula also shared their experiences and called on mothers to practice safe delivery at health facilities in order to avoid the risks of fistula related complications.

Conserving Filfil Selemuna National Park

During a tour they conducted to the Filfil-Selomuna National Park, members of the Ghinda’e sub-zone administration called on the public to enhance role in the conservation of the park in view of the impact it has in developing the tourism industry as well as the ecosystem and bio-diversity.

Ghinda’e, 16 January 2017 – During a tour they conducted to the Filfil-Selomuna National Park, members of the Ghinda’e sub-zone administration called on the public to enhance role in the conservation of the park in view of the impact it has in developing the tourism industry as well as the ecosystem and bio-diversity.

They also said that the national enclosures in Ghinda’e sub-zone are in good condition thanks to the rigorous campaigns carried out.

Stating the potential the area has in tourism attraction, the administrator of Ghinda’e sub-zone, Mr. Omer Yahya indicated that the Semienawi Bahri in general and Filfil Selemuna in particular served as a main garrison for the EPLF during the liberation struggle.

Located at the north-west of Gahtelay area, Filfil Selemuna is a National Park that is rich in the diversity of tree species and wildlife.

Villages re-grouping in Elabered

The task of re-grouping villages for better access to social services undertaken in Elabered sub-zone will continue with added momentum, the managing director of Elabered sub-zone, Mr. Teages Tesfay indicated.

Elabered, 16 January 2017 – The task of re-grouping villages for better access to social services undertaken in Elabered sub-zone will continue with added momentum, the managing director of Elabered sub-zone, Mr. Teages Tesfay indicated.

Upon assessing last year’s activities in the sectors of health, education, agriculture and social welfare, Mr. Teages underlined the need for concerted effort for better results.

He further pointed out that abundant harvest has been collected in 2016 through drip-irrigation from about 173 hectares of land in addition to the 4582 hectares that was rain-fed.

Mr. Ateshim Negasi, administrator of Elabered sub-zone on his part commended the active community participation in the development programs.
Renovation of feeder roads, collection of livestock taxes and land revenues are among the major tasks scheduled for implementation in  2017.

Timely implementation of development programs

The administrator of the port city of Massawa Mr. Kidane Weldeselasie indicated that the charted out development programs have been fully implemented with strong participation of the public and stakeholders.

Massawa, 12 January 2017- The administrator of the port city of Massawa Mr. Kidane Weldeselasie indicated that the charted out development programs have been fully implemented with strong participation of the public and stakeholders.

At an assessment meeting conducted on 11 January, Mr. Kidane reported that the development programs implemented include social service provision, infrastructure, potable water supply as well as planting tree seedlings.

According to the report presented in the meeting, a number of development programs such as successful agricultural activities in the administrative areas of Imberemi, Hirgigo and Dogali, regrouping of villages, allocation of farm land to 800 farmers in Dogali as well as Mangrove trees planting at the Red Sea coastal area among others have been accomplished.

It was also reported that effort is being exerted to lay 30 kilometers of pipeline from Dogali to Massawa in a bid to alleviate potable water shortage of Massawa city.

Mr. Kidane further indicated that human resources and social services development, proper tax collection as well as prioritizing development programs are activities for 2017.

Emahimet: death at delivery on decline

Health professionals explained that thanks to the sustainable awareness raising programs death at delivery in Emahimet, Qarora sub-zone is significantly declining.

Emahimet, 12 January 2017- Health professionals explained that thanks to the sustainable awareness raising programs death at delivery in Emahimet, Qarora sub-zone is significantly declining.

They also pointed out that owing to the strong participation of the public in implementing the guidelines and advice from experts the prevalence of communicable diseases is on the decline.

The health professionals further indicated that the pregnant women are strictly following the procedure that they visit health facilities at least four times until delivery and that is the basis for the success story.

Seminar on securing societal healthcare

A seminar dealing with effective prevention of communicable diseases in general and that of HIV/AIDS in particular was recently conducted in Afabet. Massawa, 11 January 2017- A seminar dealing with effective prevention of communicable diseases in general and that of HIV/AIDS in particular was recently conducted in Afabet.

Nurse Asrat Amine, Medical Director of Afabet Hospotal, indicated that regular seminars on the prevention of communicable diseases have been conducted in a bid to upgrade people's awareness and thus to prevent diseases that could easily spread due to negligence and lack of sanitation.

Mr. Dese Zemichael, managing director of Afabet sub-zone, on his part called for integrated and enhanced collaboration among  administrative offices and national associations so as to combat the prevalence of communicable diseases.

The participants of the seminar on their part said that such seminars have been highly instrumental in bringing behavioral change and called for sustained efforts in creating open discussion forums on healthcare related issues.

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