Barrow implores ECOWAS Health ministers to improve health system

Monday, June 11, 2018

President Adama Barrow in a statement read on his behalf by the Vice President IsatouJallowTambajang has tasked the ECOWAS Health ministers to improve health system in the region.

The vice president made these remarks on the president’s behalf at Kairaba Beach Hotel on Friday as the five days 19th Ordinary Assembly of ECOWAS Ministers’ meeting came to a close in The Gambia.

The theme for this year’s ordinary assembly was: ‘Universal Health Coverage’ which is the target for health experts to provide easy access to the people of the region.

“Key essentials to enhancing universal health coverage (UHC) includes innovative health financing, essential medicine and health products, health system governance, health workforce and health statistics as well as information and service delivery and safety,” the statement reads. “These are the building blocks of any health system.

“I implore you to critically look at these things and map out ways and means to improve health system performance in the region.”

He said the continent is face with numerous health challenges both communicable and non-communicable diseases and the high rate of maternal mortality is of grave concern.

He reminded the gathering about the significance of health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (STDs)  

“Having effective and responsive health system in our member states will avert over 1B dollars spent annually on medical concern by ECOWAS citizens,” he said.

“I urge you all to consider and review critically the health situation of the region and to take decisions that can impact positively on the health of our people.”

The director general of West Africa Health Organisation, said the Banjul meeting was a success as there is lot of energy among member states and the will to team up and mitigate health problems in the region.

The next ordinary assembly will be held in Benin next year.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko
Source: Picture: President Adama Barrow