Hakainde Hichilema Honours President of the Republic of Senegal
We were honoured to participate in an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Macky Sall President of the Republic of Senegal, and Chairman of the African Union and other distinguished guests, on a theme ‘Strengthening Public Health Emergency Operation Centres in Africa’.
We emphasised that the value for health and safety of our people must spur us to embracing newer coordinated approaches of safeguarding our them from health threats.
We affirmed our views for a call to action in establishing Public Health Emergency Operation Centres (PHEOC), in order to put in place resilient public health systems that would withstand emerging threats that have ravaged humanity for centuries.
We called among many other matters, the urgent need to establish an African Task Force for PHEOC as a continental structure and develop a continental scorecard to monitor progress in strengthening PHEOCs on the African Continent.
We commended the birth of the Africa CDC which has improved coordinated and holistic public measures against the Covid – 19 and several other outbreaks across Africa. This is a very important step in the right direction.
We owe it to our people on the Continent and to the world to take appropriate measures against health emergencies and never to be caught unprepared ever again.
President of the Republic of Zambia.