The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Ivory Coast, Bernardino Mba Ondo Mikue, attended the opening of the V Ivory Coast Medical Expo (MEXCI) in Abidjan. The fair aims to promote the provision of medical care in Ivory Coast. The Ivory Coast Minister for Health and Public Hygiene, Aka AouAlA, opened the event.
Several private laboratories, public structures, NGOs, institutions and organisations from the health sector are exhibiting their products and projects at the fair, with the aim of bringing health professionals closer to the people, to allow the interested parties to hold exchanges and debates regarding their experiences and knowledge with colleagues from Africa and around the world.
Together with the 4th edition of the Health Fair for member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the event focussed on cooperation and medical tourism; and brought together representatives from countries in Europe and Asia, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Burkina Faso, among others, according to the president of the scientific committee, Horo Appolinaire.
In the presence of all the delegations, including the Ambassadors from Morocco and Equatorial Guinea in Ivory Coast, Bernardino Mba Ondo, the Minister for Health and Public Hygiene said that the matter of cooperation and medical tourism is an important therapy that is attracting the attention of all governments, taking into account the structural, organisational and functional characteristics of the pharmaceutical and medical system.
Aka Aouele also declared his satisfaction, on the one hand, with the MEXI EXPO medical institution, that will be the setting for significant and magnificent scientific presentations, and on the other, for the health fair for member countries of the OIC, with an outstanding strong and lasting association with Ivory Coast.
“The Ivory Coast Government supports its initiative, which is on the right road; that of reform and innovation”, he said, on announcing a budget of 800 thousand million Franco CFA for the health sector over the next three years. For the fair, which is set to close on 23rd December, they are expecting over 15,000 visitors who will be registered in paid or free evaluation sessions.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office