The Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as the new Director General the World Health Organization (WHO) last week.
Mr. Ayanle Salad Diriye, Somaliland deputy ambassador to Ethiopia speaking to reporters in Addis Abba said, “The Government of Somaliland welcomes the appointment of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will make a tangible, positive impact on the health and lives of people everywhere. I am confident that if we maximise inclusive partnerships and ensure collective priority setting, we will build a stronger WHO fit for the challenges of the 21st century.
He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states.He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June.
During her tenure, the WHO’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was criticised for being
Addressing the World Health Assembly shortly before the vote, Dr Tedros promised to respond to future emergencies “rapidly and effectively”.
He also promised to stand up for the rights of the poor.
“All roads should lead to universal health coverage. I will not rest until we have met this.”