Slovak government backs Dr Tedros for WHO Director General post

Addis Ababa, May 19, 2017 (FBC) - The government of the Slovak Republic has expressed its support for Dr Tedros Adhanom, who is running for a post of Director General of World Health Organization (WHO).

The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on its 105th meeting held from May 3 to 4, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, endorsed the candidature of Dr Tedros for the post.

The Council further urged member states to support and show solidarity with Dr Tedros.

Dr Tedros, Ethiopia’s health minister from 2005 to 2012 and foreign minister until 2016, has an impressive track record in the country.

He presided over a dramatic expansion of Ethiopia’s health system and reductions in infant and maternal mortality as well as deaths from malaria.

He also extended the reach of the health system deep into remote rural areas.

Dr Tedros won a number of prizes in recognition to his impressive achievement in the health sector.

During his term as a foreign minister, he also played the forefront role in the success achieved in the diplomatic sector.

According to a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to FBC, Dr Tedros is the right person for the post. “If he is elected, he will address the global health problem,” it said.

The election will take place on May 23, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat