Time For Governments To Invest Heavily Towards Mental Health-WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous mental health challenges and  called on governments to allocate financial resources towards mental health. By Michael Gwarisa In her speech ahead of the World Mental Health Day, commemorations to be held tomorrow on 10 October, Dr Moeti said mental health was often-overlooked and a neglected aspect of our well-being. Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing isolation, anxiety or depression. World Mental Health Day is a…

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COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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Engage Communities First Before Rolling Out Vaccine, WHO Tells African Governments

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says communities must be part of the COVID-19 vaccination process and should be be engaged earlier to create buy in from communities. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual press conference that was facilitated by APO Group, Dr Moeti said Africa was still lagging behind in terms of readiness for the COVID-19 Vaccines Roll-out and more community awareness needed to be done before the vaccine distribution commences. Developing a safe and effective vaccine is just the first step…

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WHO Urges Gvts To Prioritize Health Workers

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged governments in SADC region to prioritize welfare and well-being of health personnel as they are the backbone of the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the 69th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa, Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s Health Agenda in Brazzaville, Dr Matsidiso said, “health workers were a precious resource not only to their families, but to communities, to national development and to international security and we must do more to protect…

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