Bahrain News Agency (BNA)
Manama (UNA-OIC) – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain received here on Monday Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was on a two-day visit to the Kingdom to open the WHO Country Office.
King Hamad commended the opening of the WHO office that embodies decades-long relations and joint cooperation and cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the UN health agency. He also praised the WHO’s announcement of Manama as the first Capital Health City in the East Mediterranean region in recognition of the quality primary healthcare services and initiatives to promote health awareness and combat chronic and communicable diseases.
The Bahraini King further commended WHO-led efforts to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the international drive to fight diseases and epidemics all over the world. He underlined Bahrain’s strides in combating the pandemic and mitigating its fallout, highlighting the national vaccination campaign and the directives to administer jabs to all citizens and residents free of charge.
In turn, Dr. Ghebreyesus stressed the WHO’s pride in opening its 152nd office in Bahrain and praised the Kingdom’s pioneering edge in combating the pandemic in compliance with the UN health agency’s recommendations.
WHO looks forward to stepping up relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to bolster health, contribute to the safety of the world and serve the needy, he added.