WHO Regional Director visits Nigeria
The World Health Organisation, Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has arrived Nigeria on a three-day visit.
The visit, according to a statement from the Federal Ministry of Health, is on the invitation of Nigerian government.
The minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said the visit would enable Moeti hold discussions with high ranking government officials and key stakeholders on matters of mutual interests, relating to health development in Nigeria and in the African region.
According to him, interactions during her stay in Nigeria would be centered on areas that require technical support from WHO in strengthening the health systems to achieve the health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the context of revitalization of the primary health centres in the country and the improvement of the country’s health indicators.
“To further underscore the importance of the visit, this is the second time that the RD is making the trip to Nigeria in one year. Dr Moeti was in Nigeria in October 2015 to present the official communication from the Director General of WHO on the removal of Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries. The announcement followed the historic achievement of the country in interrupting the transmission of wild poliovirus for a period of 15 months, which exceeded WHO’s target for interruption at that time.
“On the current visit, Dr Moeti will also meet key political leaders to brief them on the status of implementation of the WHO Transformation Agenda in the African Region, congratulate the Federal Ministry of Health on efforts to revitalize Primary Health Care in Nigeria towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage and attainment of the health-related SDGs as well as for the efforts towards certification of Nigeria as Polio-free country. While in Nigeria, she will discuss further, on support needed towards