Under the banner: Ready to Defeat Malaria, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea commemorated World Malaria Day, in the presence of national authorities, the accredited diplomatic corps on Equatoguinean soil, international bodies, and companies involved in the health and social sectors. The ceremony took place on the night of 25th April, at the Hotel Hilton Bisila in Malabo.
More than a hundred guests, among them members of the Government, heads of diplomatic missions, and representatives from the sponsoring companies, gathered on the night of 25th April to attend the event, and witness the dialogue and speeches given during the supper offered by the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare.
The ceremony was entertained by various theatre groups organised by the Equatorial Guinea National Programme to Fight Malaria.
The first speech was by the Vice-Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Damaso Mitoha Ondo Ayecaba, who highlighted the annual opportunity provided by the day to point out the progress made in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the control of the global pandemic, and commit to continuity in the actions and measures in order to accelerate progress.
This day was set by the member States of the UN, at the assembly held in 2007, in order to highlight the need for continuous action in the prevention and control of malaria. According to the WHO global report, in 2016 there were more than two hundred and sixteen million cases in over ninety countries, five million more than the two hundred and eleven million recorded in 2015; the incidence of mortality due to this pandemic on a global level rose to a total of four hundred and forty-five thousand people in 2016, compared with four hundred and forty-six thousand in 2015″ he added.
In addition, he pointed out that “in order to confront this public health problem in Equatorial Guinea, the Government, led by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, created within the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare, in 1989, the National Programme to Fight Malaria, which was boosted in 1999, with the strengthening of the initiative Push Back Malaria, with the support of health development partners such as the WHO, UNICEF; UNPD, the World Bank, etc.”
The Vice-Minister for Health alluded to the development of the oil industry in Equatorial Guinea during the nineties, which led to rapid growth in towns and a huge increase in the resources available in order to implement public and private initiatives from 2004, together with companies from the oil sector, such as Marathon Oil, Noble Energy, AMPCO, SONAGAS, and GEPetrol, among others.
Other speeches were made by the International Consultant on Public Health from the WHO, Zinga Jose Nkuni; Manuel Nso Obiang, Executive Secretary of the Organisation of Coordination in the Fight Against Endemic Diseases in Central Africa (OCEAC); together with the speech from Matilde Riloha Rivas, National Director of the Equatorial Guinea National Programme to Fight Malaria, who urged those present to look at and create a strategic plan to hold in Equatorial Guinea an international forum on endemic diseases and malaria.
All the speakers highlighted the importance of fighting endemic diseases in the world, particularly in Africa, and called on governments, government and business institutions, and other international institutions, to support the work of projects, in order to achieve its eradication.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea