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WAHO urges member countries to invest more in health

The Director General of WAHO Professor Stanley Okolo

The West African Health Organization WAHO, has stressed the need for member countries to regard healthcare funding as an investment that can indirectly boost the economies of West African nations.

 The Director General of WAHO Professor Stanley Okolo stated this at a briefing in the ongoing 22nd annual ordinary session of the Assembly of Health Ministers of the 15-member ECOWAS countries in Abuja.

While sighting an example with the COVID-19 pandemic that crippled the world’s economy, Professor Okolo stressed the need for more funding to the health Sector.

 The WAHO DG highlighted some of the health Interventions in the region to include support for the development of Diagnostics materials, support for the production of Rapid Diagnostics test kits and development of bio-bank.

 Professor Okolo said among other things during the meeting, WAHO will launch its 2030 vision which will replace the defunct 2016-2020 strategic plan.

He said the new 2030 strategy will create a roadmap for WAHO to effectively respond to public health emergencies and the delivery of routine public health services in ECOWAS member States.

Reporting by Emmanuel kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo.