AU CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO TACKLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Joint efforts of stakeholders are needed to combat problems related to communicable diseases in Africa, says African Union (AU) Director of Social Affairs Olawale Maiyengun .

At a briefing for the AU Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) here Tuesday, he said there were many ongoing outbreaks of such diseases in Africa while the world had seen the emergence of 30 new infectious diseases and the return of such killers as malaria and cholera, many of them originating in Africa, since the mid-1970s.

Therefore, capacities and systems most needed to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats must be reinforced, he added.

The briefing was aimed at raising awareness about the spread of communicable diseases in Africa, to inform decisions at the highest levels of the AU and its member States, and to mobilize support from a broad range of stakeholders for concrete actions to address the impact of communicable diseases.

The World Health Oganization (WHO) Deputy Country Representative in Ethiopia, Dr. Emmanuel Musa, said among measures required are to have intelligence systems in place, surveillance systems to be strong and effective in order to facilitate timely response to the problem.

He added that infrastructure and rapid response teams who were well trained was also needed.

“We need to collectively act to stop the loss of life of Africans,” Musa stressed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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