Nigeria’s Prof Okolo Reveals Plans for COVID-19, Other Diseases in West Africa

Nigeria’s Prof Okolo Reveals Plans for COVID-19, Other Diseases in West Africa

  • Nigeria's Professor Stanley Okolo has revealed his plans to ensure West Africa stays abreast of all health-related issues
  • Okolo who is the Director-General of the West African Health Organization, will be speaking at ECOWAS health ministers meeting this month
  • The prominent obstetrician and gynecologist is a strong advocate of using constructive disruption to achieve accelerated health improvement

FCT, Abuja - The Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Professor Stanley Okolo has revealed his plans for COVID-19 and other diseases or pandemics that may rear their ugly head in the future.

Professor Okolo is known for his numerous innovations in the area of health improvement, particularly his effort toward ending COVID-19 and other diseases in the region.

Prof Okolo
Prof Okolo says his focus at the moment is the total eradication of dangerous diseases from West Africa. Photo credit: WAHO
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Okolo who has been championing the effort toward ending numerous health challenges across West Africa will be speaking at the ECOWAS Assembly of Health Ministers (AHM) scheduled to hold in Accra, Ghana on Friday, May 13.

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Following his vision for the West Africa and perhaps African healthcare system, Okolo in an opening remark at the technical meetings will again emphasize the challenges to the health systems infrastructure in the sub-region that presents the need for special meetings, focusing on health research, malaria elimination, and local production of vaccines and medicines.

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He will also acknowledge the effort of the Ghana government for its generosity and hospitality.

During the event, a high-level meeting of potential vaccine manufacturers in the ECOWAS region would be discussed, even as the DG plans to work with other stakeholders towards tackling the scourge of malaria in the sub-region.

The Director-General and his team will also be having an annual meeting with all partners and stakeholders.

They will engage all financial and technical partners who are about 15 including the World Health Organization, WHO, the World Bank, USAID, GOZ, and others.

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They will also be part of the Sahel Malaria Elimination (SaME) Initiative meeting where health ministers and experts from 8 Sahel countries including Mauritania and Chad will also take part in the very important meeting.

Professor Okolo as a key speaker will center his discussion on the creation of a framework for collaboration, information exchange, and how to develop a framework for vaccine producers in West Africa.

Okolo was nominated in March 2018 to head WAHO as one of Nigeria's Statutory Appointees to the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS).

Nigeria Union of Journalists lauds NGOs’ support to deepen healthcare delivery

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended the intervention of some non-governmental organisations like Smile Train, Save the Children, Sight Savers, and fhi360 in bridging the healthcare gap in Nigeria's health sector.

Speaking during a media roundtable in Abuja, the chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, stressed the need to encourage more investments in Nigeria’s health sector to guarantee the wellbeing of citizens and reduce health tourism.

According to Ogbeche, the intervention of some NGOs in manpower development, infrastructure, and other medical supplies has given impetus to development in the sector.


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