ABUJA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative to Nigeria (WR), Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, has called on the Nigeria government to add health to Exclusive budget list.
This, in his opinion, will guarantee adherence to the 2001 15% funding pledge made in the Abuja Declaration.
Mulombo made the appeal on Saturday in Abuja during a walk commemorating the 75th anniversary of the WHO, which was dubbed ‘Walk the talk’.
According to him: “We are looking to a world where health will be seen as enabler, socio-economic development and not a consumption goods , we look towards a world where health issues will be treated as human rights.
“We look into a world where no child will miss a vaccine, we look into a world where no adult, no adolescents will miss a vaccine that will help them grow better.
“We look to a world where health issues will be considered the same way they consider security and developmental issues. I think with the member states who are the constituency of WHO it should be possible and including Nigeria.”
Speaking on the 75th anniversary of WHO, Mulombo hinted that, “This is the “Walk the talk’ on the occasion of WHO 75th anniversary and in remembrance of when WHO was established two years after the universal declaration human rights, there was a request for UN organisation to look into the aspect of right to health and to consider human rights.
“That is how WHO was funded from the hardship of world war 11 and today we are celebrating the legacy, the achievements including small pox eradication.
“We are working to eradicate polio globally mostly is an opportunity for us to remember why WHO was established and there was a constitution based on a human rights approach.
“So, we are here to remind the world through our walk that the talk that is not about what we did in the last 75 years is about what we will do in the next 75 years, is not about yesterday, but about tomorrow and the future.
“We want to use it to remind the world that nothing can bite physical exercise, especially as we are seeing demographic transition people are living longer, we need to adapt and adjust to the health system and health issues of WHO.
“This is significant, we do it every Saturday and we invite you to join us today is a particular occasion because we want to continue to celebrate,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Dr. Emem Omokara, Director General, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), said WHO are articulating and strategising life cycles in health interventions starting from pregnancy to the end of life.
WHO is also mainstreaming older people into immunisation to prevent avoidable death, she said.
SOURCE: Independent, Nigeria