The World Health Organization (WHO) intends to strengthen its partnership with Morocco, said on Monday in Rabat, the Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, Ghebreyesus said that the celebration of World Health Day in Morocco comes in recognition of the Kingdom’s commitment to the spread of medical coverage, as much as Morocco has listed health as a right in its 2011 Constitution.
“During this official visit, I also had the opportunity to hold discussions with the Minister of Health, with whom we have identified two areas in which WHO and the Kingdom can cooperate, namely: health and emergency preparedness and response,” added Ghebreyesus.
Beyond meeting these two major challenges, particularly in certain regions of the Kingdom, “we want Morocco to help other countries to overcome these problems that affect the entire planet,” he said , noting in this respect that there is a shortage of 18 million medical personnel worldwide.
“The other issue that has caught our attention is the international health regulation that affects both international trade and cross-border movements, which requires the support of foreign ministers in order to overcome it,” Ghebreyesus said.
In this regard, noted the Director General of the Organization, Mr. Bourita was open to cooperate with WHO for the implementation of the international health regulations and the strengthening of emergency preparedness and response.
Mr. Ghebreyesus’s official visit to Morocco is part of the official celebration of the World Health Day held in Rabat in 2019 under the theme “Primary Health Care: The Path to Universal Health Coverage”.
The celebration of World Health Day 2019 in Rabat includes a scientific symposium on the theme of “Universal Medical Coverage”.