Regional Health Summit raises alarm over increased cross boarder

21Mar 2018
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Regional Health Summit raises alarm over increased cross boarder

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called on members of the East, Central and Southern Africa-Health Community (ECSA-HC) to strengthen health systems to  enable the region effectively manage cross boarder health challenges.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa greets Uganda Health Minister Sarah Opendi during the 65th ESCA Health Community meeting held in Dar ers Salaam on Monday. Right is Malawi Health Minister AtupeleMuluzi. Photo: PMO

 Speaking during the official opening of the 65th Health Ministers’ conference held in Dar es Salaam, Majaliwa acknowledged the existence of cross boundary health challenges and noted the need for cooperation in tackling the challenges.

Majaliwa said it was so imperative to strengthen cooperation through a mutually agreed approach in dealing with the many cross -boundaries health challenges within the region.

“While we remain committed to the global health security agenda, we should be cognisant of our region’s vulnerability to public health threats posed by communicable diseases and other challenges,” said Majaliwa.

The conference attracted representatives from international organisations and health experts from hospitals and institutions.

The theme of the conference was “Mult-Sectoral Collaboration for Health towards the Achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)”.

He noted that the ever-increasing cross-border movement of humans and animals make the control of communicable diseases even more challenging.

Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children minister Ummy Mwalimu expressed concern over the region’s increasing cases of non-communicable diseases, such as Diabetes, Cancer, and Hypertension as well as other diseases like Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

World Health Organisation’s Prof Jean-Marie Dangou told the conference that NCDs were now world leading causes of death.

Prof Jean called for concerted efforts by the various countries in tackling the existing health challenges.