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, held virtually by health ministers from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, marked a significant milestone in the fight against polio. This was the first time the subcommittee was convened by the new WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Hanan Balkhy.

During the meeting, Dr. Balkhy’s commitment to eradicating polio during her tenure was praised by Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health from Qatar, and Subcommittee Co-chair, as well as His Excellency Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis, Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates, represented by Dr. Hussain Al Rand.

The ministers discussed how Dr. Balkhy’s leadership could benefit the region and bring the world closer to eradicating polio. They emphasized the importance of working together and implementing effective strategies to combat the spread of the disease. The meeting was an opportunity for the ministers to collaborate and exchange ideas on how to accelerate progress towards a polio-free world.

Overall, the meeting highlighted

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