INTRODUCTION: The Thirty-first session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa opened in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday (16 September).
SV PAN Delegates seated
GV President Limann of Ghana addressing conference (2 shots)
SV Delegates listening (2 shots)
SV President Limann addressing conference
SV Delegates from Botswana and Burundi and Nigeria (3 shots)
SV PAN Other delegates (2 shots)
SCU Limann speaking
SV Delegates listening and applauding
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Thirty-first session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa opened in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday (16 September). The eight-day conference was held at the Kwame Nkrumah Centre in the capital. it reviewed current health work in Africa of the Sahara.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from 44 African countries gathered for the meeting.
In an opening address, Ghana's President Hilla Limann drew the attention of delegates to the increasing problems of drug pilfering, smuggling and abuse in Africa. Other health problems were also discussed.
Dr. Limann said that his government would continue to give priority to health care. Summarising the objectives of the WHO Regional Committee he said that progress would depend on the increased support of member governments. Delegates were urged to shift their country's emphasis from costly curative medicines to preventive care.
This year several priority programmes have been set up dealing with immunization, drinking water supply and sanitation and nutrition. The Committee retains as its ultimate objective health for all Africans by the year 2,000.