A delegation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, led by Juan Ndong Nguema Mbengono, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, participated in the 68th World Health Assembly.
The 68th World Health Assembly held in the city of Geneva (Switzerland) from May 18 to 26, 2015. was attended by a high-level Equatorial Guinean delegation, led by Juan Ndong Nguema Mbengono, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, seconded by Valerio Ondo Nguema, Director General of Public Health and Health Planning; Gregorio Gori Momolu, the Director General of Pharmacies and Traditional Medicine, German Ekua Sima Abaga, the First Secretary, Business Attaché of the Equatoguinean Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Considering the current context of concern about the impact of the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has devastated some African countries and put in evidence the vulnerability of public health systems in the world, the general debate focused on strengthening health systems, to provide effective and timely response to any eventuality; by thus ensuring resilient healthcare policies to benefit the people, as part of the redefinition of the post-2015 health development program.
The speeches by dignitaries such as the German Chancellor, H.E. Angela Merkel, the Swiss Federal Councillor, Alain Berset; the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chang, and the newly-elected President of the World Health Assembly, H.E. Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health of India, stressed the important role of the WHO, the highest decision-making body of global health.
During his stay in Geneva, the Minister of Health had a very full schedule of activities, and took part in various high-level meetings, such as the meeting of ministers in the African sector; the bilateral meeting with the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chang, and the working session of the Ministers of Health of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).
On May 22, in the general debate, Juan Ndong Nguema Mbengono delivered his speech to the plenary of the Assembly, and reaffirmed, on behalf of the Government and people of Equatorial Guinea, that H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to Head of State Equatorial Guinea, gives top priority to the social sector, and its importance can be seen in the development of a solid and lasting health system. The positive results obtained by Equatorial Guinea in reducing maternal and infant mortality, the vaccination campaign for the prevention and eradication of polio, awareness campaigns on communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS have contributed to strengthening the national health system.
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare concluded his speech by congratulating the WHO Director General for her efforts in the defense of the organization’s objectives, and reiterated the full availability of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to continue to cooperate with the WHO; as well as its determination to implement the International Health Regulations, in order to promote universal access to the right to health.
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