Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Equatorial Guinea Adopts WHO Regional Committee Resolutions

World Health Organization Regional Director Advocates for "African Fund" to Support Public Health

Equatorial Guinea's Ministry for Health and Social Welfare has committed to adopt the WHO Regional Committee resolutions to improve public health for its citizens and cooperate with other participating countries for the betterment of health in Africa.

Equatorial Guinea and the other participating countries, adopted the following resolutions:

  1. Establish an African Fund for Public Health Emergencies.
  2. Address major determinants of health.
  3. Reduce harmful use of alcohol, by which calls on member states to develop and strengthen national policies and international evidence-based to adopt and implement regulations and legislation to create public awareness damage from alcohol.
  4. Use cyberhealth in the African region, which requires member states to promote political commitment and awareness in this area.
  5. Strengthen routine immunization activities for polio eradication in the African region.
Equatorial Guinea's Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, closed the WHO Regional Committee by expressing his feelings towards the resolutions achieved. He mentioned how health has no borders, and only with a common front and great sacrifices will it be possible to successfully fight the illnesses that affect Africa and the world. Equatorial Guinea's government has been working hard to improve public health for its citizens

in projects such as a malaria program, reproductive program with the UNFPA, cholera and measles vaccination campaign, social development fund, and new hospitals to name a few.

The WHO Regional Director, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, proposed the creation of an African Fund to manage and disburse additional resources to the region to fight the recurring epidemics in Africa that pose a continuing and serious threat to the population's health. The Fund will strengthen the capacities of national and regional systems to identify and respond effectively to epidemics.