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Nigerian minister lauds
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By Chidi Emmanuel
KUWAIT: The Nigerian Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu has lauded the efforts of Kuwait government in health and human development. The minister who was on a three-day visit to Kuwait to attend the 17th joint action forum of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) praised the Kuwait-Nigeria bilateral relations which he said is worthy of emulation. “Kuwait is more African than some African countries. It has contributed so much in the development of Africa. Kuwait has committed a lot of money and resources in eliminating River Blindness in Africa,” Prof Chukwu said.
“African Program for Onchocerciasis Control program is aimed at controlling diseases such as river blindness and other health problems. “APOC supports mass drug administration to control onchocerciasis (river blindness) through direct funding, advising and assistance, and monitoring and reporting on projects implemented by various governments,” the minister added.
The four-day forum which began on Sunday was inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chairman of Kuwait Fund for Economic Development (KFAED) Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The forum continues till today. The event attracted more than 120 representatives across the globe. APOC countries include Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
On the home front, the minister said that the Nigerian government is working very hard in setting up a sustainable health system by providing infrastructure and qualified manpower. Prof Chukwu said that the Ministry of Health is partnering with other agencies and private investors to boost the health care and make it more accessible to Nigerians. He urged Kuwaitis, expatriates and the Nigerian diaspora to invest in the booming Nigerian medical sector.