The Regional Director of WHO for Africa, Dr Matshidiso R. Moeti, arrived Tuesday night, is present in the Gabonese capital to participate R 7c Conference of Health Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), held from 12 to 13 February 2016. Before the start of the conference proceedings, Dr Moeti accompanied by the wHO Representative, Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, began his five-day visit to Gabon by a series of work and courtesy visits.
A strong advocate for the improvement of Health, was undertaken auprčs the President of the Republic, Head of State, Ali Bongo Ondimba, the Prime Minister, Head of Government Professor Daniel Ona Ondo and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Welfare and national Solidarity, Mr Paul Mba Biyoghe.
Ť Despite the economic difficulties of the moment, we will maintain the same investment and the same level of resources allocated to R ť Health said HE Ali Bongo Ondimba, the Gabonese Head of State.
These discussions reassured the Regional Director on the level of commitment of the highest authorities of the country during the Mother’s Day .
Dr. Moeti welcomed the level of leadership and the great success of the National Health Insurance and Social Guarantee (CNAMGS) that provides coverage of 65% and favors layers of the most vulnerable populations.
Ť This system is an example of success on which other countries in the African region can draw ť she said. The Regional Director reiterated the need to prevent and fight against non-communicable diseases including the four major risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet and the harmful use of alcohol. She recalled the importance of intensifying the struggle against polio, the tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Moeti also stressed the preparedness and response to health threats, giving the example of the epidemic of Ebola virus disease that is about R extinguished in West Africa and the threat that Zika point on the horizon. She committed R lend its support to the Government for organizing the 3čme Health and Environment Conference. It is the same with regard to the creation of the School of Public Health Lambaréné in the province of the Middle Ogooué.
At the meeting of the UNCT with Heads of UN system of agencies, the Regional Director reported on cooperation with Gabon. She discussed the strategic development priorities in the new dynamics of the presence of the United Nations in the country, particularly R high middle-income like Gabon. Dr. Moeti commended the good working atmosphere of the UNCT Gabon and encouraged R agencies continue their efforts to strengthen the coordination and harmonization of interventions within the United Nations system in the United Ť spirit in Action ť or DAO.
Dr. Moeti also met with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily. A status report on the security situation allowed it to assess the political and social climate prevailing in Gabon and the subregion.