Fourth day for presentation of reports before Senate by missions

The 2nd September was the fourth day for the presentation of reports by missions at a national and international level. The session was overseen by the Second Vice-President of the Senate, Agustin Nze Nfumu, seconded by members of the Table.

The subjects for debate during the forum on the financing of HIV/AIDS and health in Africa, held from 10th to 12th July on the Republic of Congo-Brazzaville, were explained by Senator Antonio Javier Nguema Nchama.

The forum, sponsored by the First lady of the African country, Antonieta Sassou Ngueso, in collaboration with the WHO, the African Union and UNAIDS, in addition to recognising the efforts being deployed by African governments in their countries to attend cases of HIV/AIDS, also looked at the search for financial mechanisms to contribute towards the World Fund for the Fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and hepatitis, among other diseases that drastically affect African society.

Along those lines, the speakers saw the need to achieve universal cover for health in order to improve mortality and morbidity indexes, and present coherent programmes for execution including elements of good governance, continuous evaluation and the involvement of the private sector.

The presentations were seconded by Nguema Nchama, who indicated that the issue of health is a priority in our country; in fact antiretroviral drugs and the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS are free in Equatorial Guinea. Furthermore, he mentioned the extension of the campaign against the Anopheles mosquito in the country, and the trial of a vaccine against malaria, whose research phase is at a very advanced stage.

Finally, the Equatoguinean delegation recommended that the Senate studied specific actions in order to present them to the Government, covering the implementation of measures that could help to obtain sources of finance for the fight against HIV/AIDS and the launch of a Parliamentary Network to fight against these pandemics.

The plenary session concluded with advice from the Second Vice-President with respect to disciplinary measures.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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