Meeting of Health Ministers from CEMAC countries in Congo Brazzaville

Ministers for Health from member countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) met on Sunday 18th August in Congo Brazzaville, to seek viable mechanisms to eliminate in the future a number of endemics that threaten many in the Central Africa subregion.

With the participation of financial institutions, heads of diplomatic missions, bodies from the United Nations system and various experts in health matters, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is being represented by a delegation led by the Vice-Minister for health and Social Welfare, Mitoha Ondo’o Ayekaba.

Christian Roger Okemba, Mayor of Brazzaville, wished the participants a pleasant stay in the city.

For his part, the OCEAC Executive Secretary, Manuel Obiang Ada, declared that the aim of the meeting was considered of great importance by the community.

Health experts are studying strategies to eliminate malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in the CEMAC zone by 2023.

Likewise, the CEMAC commissioner, Charged with Education, Research and Social Development, Jose Antonio Edjang Avono, representing the President of the CEMAC commission, underlined the importance that the Heads of State in the subregion are giving to matters of health affecting the population.

Furthermore, the Cameroonese Minister for health, Malachie Manaouda, in his capacity as chairman of the ,meeting, reminded his counterparts of the standardisation of sanctions for the trafficking of medicines and pharmaceuticals of dubious origins in the CEMAC zone, and he also presented the review project of the foundational texts of the Coordination Organisation for the Fight against Endemics in Central Africa, together with the autonomous establishment of CIESPAC as the CEMAC specialist institution in public health matters.

Those present also spoke about the operation and review of the OCEAC and CIESPAC statutes, in order to adapt them to the demands of the CEMAC member States.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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