Meeting between director of WHO and Government of Congo

The director of the World Health Organisation for the Africa region met the accredited diplomatic corps close to the Congolese Government. The meeting was overseen by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Claude Gakosso.

The mixed meeting took place at the regional office of the WHO for Africa, where the synthesis report on the various activities that the WHO is carrying out on the African continent , in the health sector, was presented.

Dr. Moeti, in her capacity as director of the Regional Office for WHO Africa, congratulated the diplomatic corps for its contribution to the cause of health in the world, and then pointed out the progress achieved by the institution, such as the increase in life expectancy at birth and the reduction in infant mortality in many countries; although there is much to do and the WHO remains concerned about Ebola and malaria, among other endemic diseases.

The Congolese Government, satisfied with the initiative, congratulated the WHO Regional Office for Africa, with its headquarters in Brazzaville, for paying special tribute to the First Lady of Congo, Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, at the latest assembly which took place in Geneva in the month of May, for her involvement in the fight against Trypanosomiasis in the >Republic of Congo.

The Foreign Minister declared that the WHO and the Republic of Congo had maintained diplomatic relations and cooperation since 1952, with the setting up of the first Mixed Commission between the Government and the WHO.

Jean-Claude Gakosso also recognised the huge work of the WHO for the global population, and insisted on a redoubling of efforts to fight against the Ebola virus. As a consequence, the situation of health security in the African region must be a main concern of all governments.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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