(EBC; August 19, 2016) - President Mulatu Teshome has urged African health ministers to remain vigilant to emerging health hazards in the continent.
Opening the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa on Friday, President Mulatu said despite tremendous results in the sector, governments and pertinent stakeholders should remain vigilant to, detect and control emerging health hazards.
The president also stressed the need for coping with existing chronic health issues in the continent.
47 African health ministers have got together at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Addis Ababa to discuss some of the most pressing health agendas with expected bold decisions.
Addressing the ministers, Director General of WHO Dr. Margaret Chan reminded the ministers to put their people first so as to produce a healthy generation that could drive the continent's economy to a better level.
The director general gave due credit to the ministers for their effort to significantly reduce the spread of major communicable disease like HIV and Malaria.
She also appreciated Ethiopia's achievements in the health sector such as attaining the MDG for reducing the child mortality rate well ahead of the schedule.
The opening session of the conference highlighted that disease preparedness and response is vital to effectively deal with sudden disease outbreaks like Ebola.
During the 5-day session, the ministers will be deliberating on major health agendas including global health strategies for women, children and adolescents and the implementation of the 2030 health agenda for sustainable development.