African health ministers urged to tackle neglected tropical diseases
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called on African Ministers of Health to work together in tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDS, plaguing the continent.
He equally enjoined his colleagues to make NTDS a health agenda, create awareness around it and ensure that it is no longer neglected.
The minister made the call at the lunching of the expanded special project for the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the 2016 World Health Assembly, WHA, in Geneva Switzerland.
Adewole, in his speech said, “NTDS is a disease of the poor and such effort at reducing the burden must include poverty reduction.”
He, therefore, called on African Ministers of Health to take ownership and responsibility, to ensure that Neglected Tropical Diseases is free in Africa.
While acknowledging the dwindling resources globally, he encouraged his colleagues to look into the limited available resources, and prioritize its activities, work at getting better value and make more money available to the program through prudent allocation of funds to all health related activities.
Adewole said Nigeria will situate Neglected Tropical Diseases within the primary health centre which is being revitalized in the country in order to provide universal health coverage to all Nigerians.
The minister also stated that one of the projects in the change agenda of Muhammadu Buhari's led administration is to ensure that health facilities are well equipped in the hospital and affordable to all Nigerians.
Earlier, in her opening remarks at the event, the Secretary General of World Health Organization, WHO, Dr. Margret Chan pledged the support of WHO to African governments for better healthcare delivery.