EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY NATIONS URGED TO ADOPT REGIONAL APPROACH TO TACKLE HEALTH CHALLENGES

NAIROBI, Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) for Health Julius Korir has called on Kenya’s fellow member nations of the East African Community (EAC) to adopt a regional approach to address the sub-region’s health challenges more effectively.

Previous and ongoing outbreaks of Ebola virus in West Africa and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were a strong reminder that diseases had the capability to transcend the boundaries of any one community or country, he said at the first extraordinary meeting of the EAC Council of Health Ministers here last week.

As neighbouing partner States, we share common health problems by virtue of our geographical location and it’s only through a regional approach that partner States can realize individual and common social and development aspirations, he argued.

Koriri urged the partner States to capitalize on the upcoming inaugural EAC Summit on Health Investment to be held in Uganda later this year to think about sustainable healthcare financing and how to provide universal health coverage for EAC citizens by the year 2030.

In line with the (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals, I urge each one of us to embrace the spirit of collaboration and partnerships in order to leverage on available resources from both the Public and Private sectors at our disposal, he stressed.

The mission of the EAC includes strengthening the sub-region’s socio-economic, cultural and political integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa.

The extraordinary meeting of the EAC Council of Health Ministers discussed a report of the EAC’s four university medical and dental schools and teaching hospitals.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK