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Zanzibar, WHO Commit to Strengthening Primary Health Care

It follows a meeting between the WHO Country Representative and Zanzibar’s Minister of Health.

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Dar es Salaam. World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Heath in Zanzibar, Nassor Ahmed Mazrui.

A statement said that Dr Sagoe-Moses acknowledged the close collaborations WHO has had with the Ministry and commended the great efforts in improving access to health services by strengthening health systems in Zanzibar.

“I must commend the government’s efforts for the major health milestones in Zanzibar, which include the achievements in controlling malaria, stabilising and reversing HIV prevalence, and the stride towards eliminating cholera in Zanzibar. WHO pledges its continuous support to ensure primary health care for all in Zanzibar,” Dr Sagoe-Moses said.

On his part, Mr Mazrui emphasised Zanzibar’s focus on strengthening primary health services in the region.

“The health of our people is a big priority of the government,” he said. “Hence we are happy about the strong relations between the [Ministry of Health] and WHO and look forward to more collaborations for the people of Zanzibar.”

Dr Sagoe-Moses also visited some projects supported by WHO, including the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC), Zanzibar Health Research Institute (ZAHRI) at Binguini and the maternal and pediatric ward in Mnazi Mmoja referral hospital.

WHO stated that it will continue supporting Zanzibar in further strengthening the health systems to ensure access to Universal Health Coverage for all Zanzibaris without financial hardships.

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