By Asma’u Ahmad
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has reiterated the country’s commitment to nationwide health coverage as part of its sustainable development goals.
Al-Bashir made the remarks on the first day of the 65th Session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean held in the capital Khartoum.
“We reiterate the Sudanese government’s concern with the public health … regardless of their economic or social status,’’he said.
The Sudanese president described health as the main way to fight poverty and achieve comprehensive and sustainable development.
He also referred to Sudan’s national health policy for 2017-2030 as an approach to achieving the health objectives and prosperity for all citizens.
The Sudanese government has formulated polices and strategies to reduce child and maternity mortality rates, combat communicable diseases such as malaria, and protect families against risks and financial burdens, al-Bashir noted.
WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom and representatives from more than 22 countries attended the WHO session.
It is the first time that Sudan has hosted a WHO session.