The twenty-fifth session of the regional African committee of the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) opened?
The twenty-fifth session of the regional African committee of the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) opened on Wednesday (17 September) in Yaounde, the capital of the Cameroon.
Many countries were represented at the conference including: Burundi, Dahomey, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Upper Volta and Zaire.
Doctor Comlan Quenum, the W.H.O. regional director for africa, was one of the first speakers. He said that a major concern of the organisation was to help member states to become self reliant within the framework of international health co-operation.
Doctor A.C. Empana, the outgoing chairman of the organisation's African committee and Doctor H. Mahler, the director general of the World Health Organisation, also attended the opening session which was presided over by the Prime Minister of the Cameroon, Mr. Paul Biya.
The session dealt mainly with the organisation's annuals report and the preparation of next year's programme. During the conference -- which ends on 24 September -- the delegates will also consider a regional programme for bio-medical research.