WHO director general applauds Botswana

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking during WHO conference PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking during WHO conference PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has congratulated Botswana for her achievements in health in recent years, more especially towards HIV.

“That comes from your strong commitment to Health for All in 2021, WHO certified Botswana for reaching the silver tier on the path to eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and in 2022 Botswana reached the 95-95-95 targets for testing, treatment and viral suppression of HIV, one of only five countries to do so,” he said at the on-going 73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (RC73) in Gaborone this week.

In the fight against cervical cancer, Ghebreyesus explained that Botswana was among the first countries in the region to introduce the HPV vaccine. He added that it was also one of the few countries to have high vaccination coverage for COVID-19.

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