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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ayade urges WHO to change intervention tactics in Africa

The Cross River State Governor , Prof. Ben Ayade, has urged the World Health Organisation to take its intervention in Africa , especially Nigeria , beyond distribution of drugs, to focusing more on water hygiene and environmental sanitation.

This, Ayade said, was how to tackle the problem of Neglected Tropical Diseases prevalent in Africa .

The governor noted that though the WHO shipped in large quantities of drugs every now and then to help African countries, the political structures in place did not allow the intervention to get down to people who really needed the drugs .

A statement on Thursday quoted Ayade as saying this on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, at the opening session of the Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases , organised by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation in collaboration with WHO .

Ayade, who identified some of the predisposing factors to Neglected Tropical Diseases as lack of water, lack of hygiene and lack of good sanitary conditions, said it was lamentable that the necessary political will to drive international donor programmes were lacking in Africa .

“The affected population that depend on these drugs are actually not seen in political circles as those that are relevant enough to receive attention .

Therefore , you see situations where you ship in large quantities of drugs costing millions of dollars but the political structure that requires the will to cascade the drugs down to those that need them more is not there, ” Ayade said.

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