THE South African Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, made an announcement that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be sending 43 senior experts from across the globe to South Africa, on Wednesday.
The first 17 experts are expected to complete a period of quarantine and initiation before being deployed in the department and other provinces.
Speaking during a media briefing, Minister Zweli Mkhize says that “the WHO agreed to the request for their reinforcement as the national COVID-19 response is being implemented.”
South Africa is currently in the top five of the globe in terms of the highest number of infections and is the highest on the African continent.
The Health Minister says that “Dr Mike Ryan will be leading the WHO team from Geneva and will be focusing on South Africa “and providing constant advice whilst analyzing our strategies including decisions we have taken as the department of health and the country South Africa in our COVID-19 response.”
“We see this as a great opportunity not only to improve our health strategies during this pandemic but also to accelerate our path towards health care reform,” he adds.
Mkhize also took the time to acknowledge the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for his continuous support and counsel.