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Salako advocates climate-centric health workforce at WHA 77

By Faridat Salifu

The Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Kunle Salako, has advocated for climate centric health workforce during the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA), just concluded in Geneva, Switzerland.

The minister who participated as a panellist in a session titled “Climate Change and Health Finance Dialogue, during the Assembly, highlighted the need for integrating community health initiatives at the grassroots.

The recent WHA which was co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Fund, COP28 Presidency, Clinton Health Initiative, AMREF, Green Climate Fund, and Foundation, provided Dr. Salako with a platform to advocate for the development of a climate-centric health workforce.

He highlighted the need for integrating community health and environmental health initiatives at the grassroots level to more effectively address the challenges posed by climate change on disease burden, healthcare access, and services.

According to the minister, climate change has emerged as a significant public health issue, disrupting health systems more profoundly than most epidemics.

Hence, he called for increased investment and international cooperation to strengthen health systems’ resilience to climate-related impacts.

The session underscored the importance of mobilizing resources and fostering global partnerships to mitigate the adverse health effects of climate change, aligning with broader goals of sustainable development and health equity.

 

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