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Minister showcases plans at world health summit

By Sola Ogundipe in Geneva
GENEVA—AS the 63rd World Health Assembly, WHA, opens today at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Nigeria is billed to showcase her advancements with the National Health Strategic Development Plan that is designed to enable the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, on health.

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu who is leading a 27-man delegation to the annual global event, told Vanguard that several African countries had already indicated interest in the nation’s health plan which specifically addresses MDG 4 that is concerned with infant mortality, MDG 5, maternal mortality, and MDG 6, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Chukwu, who spoke shortly after the Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting in Geneva, expressed optimism that Nigeria was set for a good outing.

He said: “At the meeting of the African Ministers of Health attending this conference, Nigeria was able to sell to them that we had initiated action on our National Health Strategic Development Plans and already a number of African countries are taking interest in that plan and they are asking for it.”

The meeting which had as theme “The Commonwealth and the Health MDGs by 2015”, was a platform for Health Ministers of the Commonwealth to share experiences on the fortunes of the Commonwealth of Nations in advancing global health.

Noting that this year’s conference dwelt on the MDGs, the minister said the result of a mid-term review was encouraging, adding: “We hope that at the end of this meeting we will be able to go back to our various countries to strengthen our various aspects of MDG projects.”


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