The Director General of World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has made his first official visit to Kenya, to meet with a range of persons in the country on health and policy issues and the environment.
He held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, signed an agreement on health and environment between UN Environment and WHO.
He said: “I am very impressed by these priority areas and the President’s commitment because these will all contribute to better health of the people.”
During the discussion with health ministry officials, Dr Ghebreyesus revealed that the organisation’s focus and priorities includes the establishment of a regional WHO Health Emergency team based in Nairobi and emphasized a strengthened preventive health approach for the region.
“We would like to offer our own support and help mobilize further support based on the government priorities,” he added.
He said: “I am very happy to work with UN Environment on this and to start with focusing on air pollution because this is one of our great concerns affecting the world.
“We need to protect our children and focusing on the air pollution especially in cities will address key health issues among populations,”
“Our health is directly related to the health of the environment we live in. Together, air, water and chemical hazards kill some 12.6 million people a year. This cannot continue.”