Health Ministers Gather in Crucial Year for Polio Eradication – Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

The 10th meeting of the Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region recently took place virtually, marking a significant milestone in the fight against polio. This was the first time that the Subcommittee was convened by the new WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Hanan Balkhy. During the meeting, health ministers from various countries in the region discussed strategies to strengthen their efforts to eradicate polio.

Dr. Balkhy’s commitment to ending polio during her tenure was praised by Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health from Qatar, and Subcommittee Co-chair. Similarly, His Excellency Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis, Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates, expressed excitement about Dr. Balkhy’s vision and expertise leading the regional efforts.

The ministers emphasized the importance of working together and implementing effective strategies to combat the spread of polio. They highlighted how Dr. Balkhy’s leadership could benefit the region and bring them closer to eradicating polio once and for all.

The meeting was an opportunity for health ministers to collaborate and exchange ideas on how to accelerate progress towards a polio-free world. Overall, it highlighted their dedication to eradicating polio and their commitment to continued collaboration and action in achieving this goal.

Regional efforts led by Dr. Balkhy aim to make significant strides in the fight against polio and ultimately ensure a polio-free future for all people in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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