Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health has been appointed the second Vice President of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional committee in Africa.
Dr. Aceng’s appointment was conducted during the ongoing 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Lome, Togo which commenced on 22nd August and will be ending on 26th August 2022.
According to Dr. Ruth, Uganda has been represented by the state minister of Health Anifa Kawooya, Commissioner Dr. Timothy Musila and WHO epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze.
‘’Uganda was honored to be appointed second vice president and l humbly assumed my seat as one of the chairpersons at the 72nd session of the Regional Committee for Africa in Lome,’’ Togo, she said.
The director general of WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that African Ministers and government representatives will discuss measures to lower the burden of diseases and endorse strategies to promote access to health services in the continent.
‘’We are calling on all member states to make an urgent paradigm shift toward promoting health and well-being and preventing disease by addressing its root causes and creating the condition for health to thrive’’, he said.
How even the Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa called for equity in allocation of health resource.
“Equity is a key factor in the health outcomes in Africa and globally. Nothing has better demonstrated the urgency of addressing it comprehensively and effectively than this pandemic inequity is a key driver of vulnerability to disease and illness. I’d like to Urge that we collectively address it at the Centre of our health action,’’ he said.
The WHO African Regional Committee is responsible for formulating regional policies on health