World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus officially launched WHO’s 152nd country office in the capital Manama of Bahrain and hailed the kingdom’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bahrain’s approach complies with the WHO’s mandate for universal health coverage as well as the regional goal of ‘Health for All by All. Our mission is to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable everywhere. I look forward to strengthening our collaboration and efforts.”
Bahrain has implemented a comprehensive package of public health measures to prevent transmission in the country from the very start, before the first case was detected in-country by providing the vaccines free of charge, regardless of citizenship status. Bahrain has taken a holistic approach, assessing the social and economic impact of all health measures.
Efforts have also been taken to ensure that treatment for other health issues is not interrupted. Bahrain has successfully vaccinated over one million people with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, providing an additional layer of protection against the virus to about 70 percent of the population.
“The visit of the WHO Director-General (DG) is momentous given the current global pandemic. It reflects the DG’s commitment to Bahrain and his admiration for our efforts in combating COVID-19. I am looking forward to exchanging knowledge and experience with the DG on how best to continue battling the global pandemic,” Ms. Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh, Bahrain’s Minister of Health said.
The presence of the WHO in Bahrain will facilitate collaboration between authorities, allowing Bahrain’s expertise to be shared more freely with others, particularly on activities taken to battle the COVID-19 pandemic most effectively.