WAHO Hosts Regional Meeting On Post-Ebola

By Mafanta Kromah

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) on Monday April 10, 2017 held a high level meeting. Held  at the Golden Gate Hotel in Paynesville outside Monrovia, the gathering was aimed at emphasizing on the status of implementation of the decision of the heads of states and governments on the prevention, detection and control of Ebola.

The meeting also emphasized on the status of resource mobilization and partnership on the prevention, detection and epidemic control and also status of the implementation of perspectives and challenges of the  Abuja Deceleration and status of the implementation of resilient plans and perspectives of the three affected post Ebola countries.

Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Xavier CresPin, Director General of WAHO noted that the objective of the regional meeting is to access key decision and put in place a national committee to unite them as one.

He said the meeting discussed how to involve other sectors including the Agriculture and among others, noting they have money in their fund but it is not sufficient enough to achieve their target.

Dr. CresPin explained that they have sent 150 medical staffs from the 15 countries for advanced knowledge in improving the health system in the various countries.

At the same time, the Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, said that the recent experience from the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) reminds and challenges them of being at risk to any disease outbreak, something she said needs to be adequately prepared.

She said disease threat in any of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a threat to all including the international community, stressing, “the existing inadequacies in our health system also reminds us that we are all vulnerable and thus, shared vulnerability requires shared responsibility including sharing resources, expertise and information.” “We should work tediously to achieve this in our region,” she said.

Dr. Dahn indicated that the recommendation from the IHR Joint External Evaluation and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to prepare, detect and respond rapidly and effectively to the disease outbreak, multi hazard threats and others humanitarian emergencies will be built and developed through the capacities of Liberia and its partners.

In addition, she stressed that Liberia recognizes the on-going work within the ECOWAS to improve prevention, detection and response with support of key technical and donor partners.

In her conclusion statement, she commended representatives from the 15 countries for  their active participation in the important meeting and hope that the meeting will provide unique opportunity to generate, concrete result that will be realistic and readily implementable to improve preparedness, detection and response in the EVD affected countries and in all states of ECOWAS.

Meanwhile, Dr. Momodou Horouna of WAHO thanked Liberia and members for organizing the meeting and allowing them to meet and discuss issues about the improvement of the health sector of the 15 countries. He also thanked participants for the effort put in place for rebuilding their health system.

(Edited by Fredrick P. W. Gaye)