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WHO tasks FG, African leaders on affordable healthcare services, SDGs


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has urged the Nigerian government and other African leaders to live up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pledges they made in 2015, and to commit to concrete actions to ensure that all citizens access quality and affordable healthcare services without facing financial hardship.  
She insisted that adequate and sustained investment in health is necessary for ensuring equitable access to health services.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja to herald activities marking the 2018 World Health Day and the 70th anniversary of the apex health organisation in the world , Moeti observed that WHO is ever-ready to support Member States to achieve their SDG health target by 2030.
She said: “Today, I call on African leaders to live up to the SDG pledges they made in 2015, and to commit to concrete actions.

WHO will continue to support countries to build stronger, more resilient and responsive health systems through Universal Health Coverage to advance Health for All.

We have developed a framework of actions to assist countries in selecting their own path towards achieving both Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

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