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Addis Ababa, September 24, 2019 (FBC) –President Sahle-Work Zewde said strong political commitment is important for the expansion of health service coverage.

The President made the remark yesterday while addressing the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

In her address the President shared Ethiopia’s commitment to the right of all people to access quality health care regardless of their ability to pay and economic circumstances.

She further said Ethiopia has invested a significant amount of investment on the health sector by engaging relevant sectors in integrated way.

The President also indicated Ethiopia has shown that the big effort can lead to success.

She said Ethiopia has been undertaking reforms to upgrade health systems and develop sustainable financing towards Universal Health Coverage.

The theme of the meeting is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.’

This year’s meeting will be the last chance before 2023, the mid-point of the SDGs, to mobilize the highest political support to package the entire health agenda under the umbrella of UHC, and sustain health investments in a harmonised manner.

In a related development, the President called on Africans to commit themselves to step up their efforts to align and integrate the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She was speaking at a conference organized by the United Nations and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The President urged Africans to take the driver seat in the implementation of the SDGs.