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Health minister: coronavirus crisis helped in creating health systems to meet future challenges

Tuesday، 24 November 2020 - 02:10 PM

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said the coronavirus pandemic had a big impact on creating health systems that are capable of meeting future challenges.

Addressing a joint meeting of health and finance ministers of North African countries via the video conference, Zayed praised the efforts exerted by the African Union Commission in continuously supporting the health systems of its member states during the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to playing a role in exchanging expertise to influentially enhance the health care systems among the African states, according to Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed.

She also said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was keen on presenting health support to African states and sending medical convoys of doctors of various specializations to assist the African states in solving their health problems, citing the president's initiative on providing a treatment of Hepatis C and B for a million Africans.

The Egyptian political leadership has placed health on top of its priorities, Zayed noted, adding that the state has geared up all its potentials to curb the spread of coronavirus along with offering basic health services to citizens.

The African Union Commission is hosting the Ministers of Health and Ministers of Finance to share experiences, challenges, concerns and opportunities among Member States in the Eastern Africa Region on how to sustain health gains through countries’ efforts in driving effective and efficient reforms, which seek to mobilize additional resources for health, and improve the value for money in health spend.

The meeting will consider presentations on country experiences from the United Republic of Tanzania, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Kenya and Republic of Mauritius as well as Egypt.


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