ADDIS ABABA, Collective actions are needed to respond in a timely manner to outbreaks with cost effective mechanisms in Africa, according to the Centre for Global Health (CGH) Director, Dr Rebecca Martin.
Briefing African journalists in a telephonic media conference here Wednesday, Dr Martin, a speaker in the World Health Organization’s first African Health Forum, said the forum held during the past two days was a good opportunity to bring together multi-stakeholders to discuss African health issues.
According to her, we have every year about 60 billion US dollars in losses due to outbreaks that emerge as public health emergencies for only 4.5 billion USD in prevention cost.
So, prevention is a cost effective, she added. We do not know where, when and how the next epidemic occurs. We do know there will be one and we need to make sure that every country is prepared and can respond rapidly.
According to her, this is an important work that the CGH was dealing with by engaging many countries, the WHO, civil society and international organizations. She underlined that “the importance of people to understand is that health security is national security”.
The forum was an opportunity to discuss health issues in Africa and the partnership needed to be able to achieve goals in the continent with all stakeholders, Dr. Martin stated.
WHO’s Regional Office for Africa convened the first Africa Health Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday and Wednesday to highlight the importance of addressing the opportunities and challenges for effective health service delivery and policy priorities.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK