Promising Steps Towards Polio Eradication: Dr. Hanan Balhky’s First Meeting as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Health Ministers gather in crucial year to discuss polio eradication efforts – Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Dr. Hanan Balhky, the new WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, recently convened the 10th meeting of the Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks. The subcommittee aims to strengthen the fight against polio and work towards its eradication.

During the meeting, Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health in Qatar and subcommittee co-chair, welcomed Dr. Balhky’s determination to end polio during her tenure. His Excellency Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis, Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates, also expressed their enthusiasm for Dr. Balhky’s vision and expertise in propelling regional efforts.

The health ministers discussed regional strategies to combat polio and shared updates on outbreak responses and vaccination campaigns. Dr. Balhky’s leadership is seen as a promising step towards bringing the world closer to eradicating polio. For more information on the meeting and the subcommittee’s efforts, visit the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office website.

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