JOHANNESBURG– African governments have been urged to develop an inclusive approach to eliminate common transmissible and non-transmissible diseases in the continent.

Experts made the call at the ongoing Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Co-operation in Dakhla, Morocco, according to a report by the Cape Town-based African News Agency (ANA). They called for the recruitment and training of local citizens in preventive measures to curb THE prevalence of common disease.

Phlilppe Sou of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that educating local citizens would enable governments to ensure effective implementation of healthcare policies. Sou said that the funding of the health sector was important but not all the sector needed.

Former French Social Affairs and Health Minister Morisol Tourraine called for the education of women in healthcare. Tourraine explained that women were a formidable institution for the improvement of health globally and urged African countries to implement health programmes that facilitate women’s participation.

Morocco’s Minister of Health, Anas Doukkali also called for countries to enhance co-operation and share experiences in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Doukkali also called for the development of mobile healthcare services to reach people in rural communities and for enhanced implementation of efficient prevention and control programmes to address infant mortality and eliminate infectious diseases.

The Crans Montana forum, held annually since 1986, is aimed at strengthening solidarity in the economic, social and environmental development of Africa as well as enhancing relationships with countries globally, notably in the framework of the South-South Co-operation.

More than a thousand participants from 131 countries and representatives of 27 regional and international organizations are taking part in the forum. Discussions at the forum include food security, sustainable agriculture, renewable energies, youth and women’s empowerment, urban global management, and the ocean economy.