The World Health Organisation,WHO, has warned the world of transboundary nature of diseases and infections even as she said the current global outbreak of diseases like Ebola, Zika and Yellow Fever has revealed a dramatic resurgence of new threats from emerging and reemerging infectious diseases the world is not prepared to cope with.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole has called on African Ministers of Health to unite against Neglected Tropical Disease, NTDs, by including them in their Health Agenda, and ensure that they are no longer neglected. The duo spoke at the ongoing World Health Assembly, WHA, in Geneva.
Giving the warning in her address at the ongoing 69th World Health Assembly, WHA, in Geneva, the Director General, WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, said good health is key to the attainment of any developmental efforts.
Highlighting the “slow motion” disasters of a changing climate, antimicrobial resistance and the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases like cancer, heart and lung disease, and diabetes, Chan said:
“Unchecked, these slow-motion disasters will eventually reach a tipping point where the harm done is irreversible. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development, however, aims to avert such disasters, inspiring “optimism and hope”. Chan explained emphasized that health plays a central role of health in the new agenda, and that universal health coverage will be key to achieving health-related targets, adding that
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“Universal health coverage is the target that underpins all others. It is the ultimate expression of fairness that leaves no one behind.”
In a related development, the Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while speaking during the launching of the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases, ESPEN, by the World Health Organisation, WHO, Regional Office for Africa, AFRO, at the World Health Assembly, urged African Ministers of Health to unite against Neglected Tropical Disease, NTDs, by including them in their Health Agenda, and ensure that they are no longer neglected.
ESPEN, which is a new partnership to help African Countries reduce the burden of NTDs, will provide national NTDs with technical and fundraising support to help them control and eliminate NTDs.