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There’s a need for West Africa to
create localized approaches to bring quality health services at the community level and address persistent inequities in infectious disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
So says the Convener
of a Charity group, Pfizer Foundation, Ms
Caroline Roan at an event to formally announce the donation of Six point Four Million dollars to Nigeria and Ghana, to Combat Infectious Diseases.
According to her, the grant is to address critical infectious disease challenges in Nigeria and Ghana, as part of a long-term commitment to help protect underserved people around the world as well as reduce childhood mortality, improve maternal health and address the growing threat of Antimicrobial Resistance, AMR, in the region.
She said the global pandemic had magnified the disproportionate burden of infectious diseases, particularly in resource-limited settings where people have inadequate access to essential health services.
While noting the growing risk of AMR is already having on people today, Ms. Roan said if left unchecked, by 2050, ten million deaths could be from resistant infections each year
She added that the Charity group was proud to create sustainable solutions that will help strengthen healthcare systems in West Africa, as nearly eight million people lose their lives each year from infectious diseases that could be avoided with access to basic healthcare.
Contributing, the Country Manager of the Charity organisation, Mrs. Olayinka Subair, said consistent with the responsibility of the group is to collaborate with all level of government, and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health ca