Written by Williams ABAH

Abuja host WHO global policy group

The Nigerian government has played host to the World Health Organization, WHO, Global Policy Group, GPG, meeting in Abuja. 

Our correspondent learnt that the meeting was first of its kind in Nigeria as membership was drawn from Director-General, Deputy Director-General, six Regional Directors and the Executive Director of the WHO Emergencies Programme. 

The group is an internal advisory mechanism to the GN established to ensure the coherent implementation of decisions, policies and strategies of WHO across all levels of the organisation. 

Speaking at the event, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said, “Nigeria is honored to host the Director General and Regional Directors of WHO at this auspicious time”, noting that the presence of WHO’s top decision makers offer opportunity for Nigeria to strengthen collaboration with the WHO. 

During the visit, the WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, and Regional Directors will pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on the laudable efforts to improve the health and well-being of Nigerians, and the commendable aspiration of reaching over 100 million Nigerians with basic minimum package of primary healthcare services. 

Tedros also carried out a full programme of activities including field visits to relevant health agencies such as Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Revitalized Model Primary Health Centre, PHC, at Kuchingoro, Abuja and he also holds discussions with high-ranking government officials and key stakeholders. 

The discussions which focus on WHO technical support to strengthen the country’s health system was aimed at achieving the health related Sustainable Development Goals within the context of revitalization of PHCs for universal health coverage and humanitarian response in North east of Nigeria. 

Our correspondent gathered that the WHO Director General will also launch the implementation to eliminate yellow fever epidemic strategy in Africa.

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