WHO urges African leaders to invest in health sector 

The World Health Organisation has urged African leaders to improve and invest in the heath sector by using their resources to strengthen the sector.

The Director-General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this after receiving the 2023 Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Award at the ongoing third International Conference on Public Health in Africa in Lusaka, Zambia.

In his acceptance speech, Ghebreyesus said, “Africa has made me who I am and I am indebted.”

He said he is glad to accept the award as a proud son of the African continent.

The award, organised by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recognises individuals who make impactful contributions to public health in Africa.

The award was first launched in 2021, at the first edition of CPHIA, which was hosted virtually.

Ghebreyesus noted that a strong healthcare system can facilitate development and ensure peace and stability in Africa.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of Africa CDC, Dr. Jean Kaseya, said the award is a celebration of individuals whose extraordinary contributions have left a lasting mark on public health and health research across the African continent.

Kaseya hailed the WHO boss for playing a great role in creating the Africa CDC.

“Today, we recognise an individual whose unwavering commitment to public health has transcended borders and reshaped the global health landscape.

“This award is not just a token of appreciation; It is a testament to a lifetime of service, passion, and dedication to the well-being of communities far and wide,” he said.

The PUNCH reports that Ghebreyesus was elected as the WHO Director-General in 2017, making him the first African to hold the position.


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