Ministry of health team in Singapore to discuss global health issues

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A team of health officials from Uganda are in Singapore to benchmark on how to be prepared when responding to different health issues.

Led by the health Minister Dr. Jane Aceng, the team is also participating in the ongoing Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) being in Singapore.

β€œWe have so far discussed the value of Multi-lateralism, the Financing Intermediary funding for preparedness and response and amendments of the International Health Regulations 2005,” Minister Aceng said.

The meeting recognized the effects and significance of Covid-19 pandemic and possible solutions to its impacts, lessons learnt and the need to address the world on what it needs to know.

β€œWe started our discussions at the GHSA 22 on surveillance and what we would like to see work better for real time data for decision making. Uganda is working on an Integrated National Data bank that captures data from Indicator surveys, sentinel surveys, IDSR, outbreaks,” Aceng said.

According to Dr Acheng, Uganda is working on an Integrated National Data bank that captures data from Indicator surveys, sentinel surveys, outbreaks which will provide opportunity for timely decision making.

Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a group of more than 70 countries, international organizations and non-government organizations, and private sector companies that have come together to achieve the vision of a world safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases.

GHSA target is to ensure that by 2024, more than 100 countries that have completed an evaluation of health security capacity will have undergone planning and resource mobilization to address gaps, and will be in the process of implementing activities to achieve impact.

Uganda has been a member of the GHSA since 2014 and hosted the first meeting in 2017.

The meeting was graced by the Director General Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa, COVID-19 Incident Commander, Dr. Henry Kyobe and Dr. Issa Makumbi.

 

Steve Mungereza
Steve Mungereza
Sociopolitical Analyst. Coverage of National and Regional news stories.
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