Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
The Subcommittee for the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization on polio eradication and response to its outbreaks praised the continued support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for efforts to combat polio, and the funding it provides in this regard. As part of the UAE polio vaccination campaign, and within the framework of the UAE project to support Pakistan and Afghanistan in combating this disease. She praised the pioneering efforts made by the UAE to combat polio at the regional and global levels.
The UAE, jointly with the Arab Republic of Egypt, chaired the second meeting of the regional subcommittee on polio eradication and response to its outbreaks, through video communication technology, in the presence of His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Community Protection, and His Excellency Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population of the Republic of Egypt Arabic, Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director of the WHO Office in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The state’s participation in the meeting aims to coordinate joint efforts to combat polio, support preventive health programs, and strengthen the immunization system against this disease.
His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais pointed out that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, had played a prominent role since 2011 in supporting international efforts to eradicate polio, and also continued his support for the resumption of campaigns and the delivery of vaccines. To the children of the world, despite the challenges of the outbreak of the “Covid-19” virus, through the Emirates campaign for vaccination against polio, which reflects and confirms the keenness and commitment of His Highness to extend a helping hand to millions of people to enjoy a healthy and dignified life.
His Excellency Al Owais stressed the importance of the meetings of the Eastern Mediterranean Region Subcommittee of the World Health Organization on polio eradication and response to its outbreaks, praising the efforts and fruitful results that have been achieved, by discussing reports submitted by all countries of the region and preparing specific recommendations accordingly, which contribute to strengthening efforts to preserve countries Polio-free territory and joint cooperation to eradicate this disease. He referred to the efforts made by the UAE to combat this disease, which were not limited to the local and regional levels, but went beyond that by participating, since 1994, in providing support and assistance to countries to eliminate the disease, in coordination and partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Red Crescent Authority in the Emirates. .
His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais pointed out that the UAE, with the support and guidance of the wise leadership, has given the national polio eradication program the utmost importance, as one of the important national health achievements, stressing that the Ministry of Health and Community Protection is still continuing its efforts to maintain this achievement, by establishing a strong system Effective, to follow up and investigate incoming paralysis cases in a timely manner.
Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand indicated that the UAE presented a global and advanced model in the field of polio eradication and infection control, and achieved outstanding results in dealing with this disease, pointing out that prevention measures and dealing with suspected cases are implemented in an accurate scientific manner, which made it a model. At the level of the countries of the region, stressing the commitment of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection to all recommendations of the World Health Organization, to raise the strategic indicator for the percentage of children’s coverage of immunizations in the first year, through the continuous development of all medical and technical staff in order to enable them to keep pace with everything new in the field Immunization and prevention.
He added: Thanks to the efforts made by the Ministry and its partners in the country to implement the strong surveillance system for paralysis and vaccination coverage, no case has been recorded in the UAE since 1992, and with continuing to implement all necessary measures to eliminate this disease, and it was officially certified in 2007 that the country is free of Polio, indicating that this would not have been possible without the support and directives of the wise leadership, in the field of disease control and the provision of health care.