21 November 2012

Angola: WHO Official Points Out Lessons, Challenges and Achievements for 2010-2011

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File Photo: Mothers queue at a health centre for child immunisation.

Luanda -The regional director of WHO/Afro, Luís Gomes Sambo, said that the burden of urgent health problems can be tackled through the intensification of confirmed effective intervention of high impact.

The WHO/Afro official acknowledged this at the 62nd session of the organisation running since Monday in Luanda, gathering some 500 delegates from 46 member countries of the sector.

Presenting his two-year report the regional director said the intensification of integrated disease surveillance and response of the International Health Regulations at the community level, can enable to timely detect the outbreaks and ensure an effective response to them.

Sambo also said that cross-border collaboration among member States in the area of preparedness and response to epidemics with partners, the pre-positioning of emergency kits and the setting up of rapid response teams also contributed to a quick containment and effective control of outbreaks and other diseases.

He also noted that the continued collaboration with the UN agencies and other partners through the existing mechanisms at the levels of the countries enabled assistance to the member States as well as the harmonised partnership of Health in Africa.

However, Luís Gomes also pointed out some challenges and obstacles that must be overcome urgently as mitigating the impact of a severe financial crisis affecting priority programmes.

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