Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Participates in 67th World Health Assembly

Diosdado Nsue Milang, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, participated in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) meeting and other sessions at the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA), held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 19-24, 2014.

The Equatorial Guinea delegation joined more than 3000 delegates from all WHO Member States at the WHA. The Assembly focused on the fight against tuberculosis, improving the health of newborn babies, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, health systems, access to medicine, and the overall reform of the organization.

Minister Nsue Milang shared his country’s appreciation for the technical assistance carried out by the WHO on the emergency plan to address the epidemic of poliomyelitis while addressing the Assembly.

He also reiterated the commitment of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to overcome the health challenges of the country by strengthening the national health system,and he shared the country’s strategy, which has been in place since January of this year, to provide first aid and  health care for all citizens.

Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Benin and Cape Verde were elected as committee members for Africa’s Regional Office. The delegation also participated in the ECCAS meeting in which the Democratic Republic of Congo, represented by Dr. Jean Marie Okwo Bele, was nominated to the post for Africa’s Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Director-General of Public Health and Health Planning, Valero Ondo, and the Permanent Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, were also part of the Equatorial Guinea delegation.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has implemented a number of health initiatives to improve the overall healthcare in the country. Most recently, the government launched a campaign to immunize the nation’s children against polio following outbreaks in the country. The government has been working closely with World Health Organization (WHO)UNICEFUnited Nations (UN),Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to implement this proactive campaign.