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Gambia celebrates 29th anniversary of WAHO

Oct 19, 2016, 10:46 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore-Njie

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Tuesday commemorated the 29th anniversary of West African Health Organisation (WAHO) at NaNA conference hall along Bertil Harding Highway.

The theme of the commemoration was ‘Regional Integration and Health Security in ECOWAS: Role of the ECOWAS regional centre for disease surveillance and control’.

Speaking on the occasion, Njanko Jimbara, deputy permanent secretary (technical) at the Ministry of Health, said WAHO is doing so much in the health sector.

He, however, pointed out that despite all efforts and significant achievements in recent decades, there remains enormous health challenges in the sub-region.

“These challenges include weak preparedness and response to epidemics and other health emergencies, as evidence by the outbreak of Ebola virus that severely strained our countries health systems, leading to serious health and socio-economic consequences for our region,” Mr Jimbara said.

Modou Njai, director of Health Promotion and Education Directorate, said the establishment of WAHO continues to strengthen sub-regional efforts in disease awareness, surveillance, and control.