Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
AU Chair Urges Investment In Health, Education For Economic Growth
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, October 24 (LINA) -The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has called on African leaders to invest in the education and health sectors to achieve economic development.
Dr. Zuma noted that one lesson Liberia and other West African countries should learn as a result of the Ebola outbreak is that health and education are part of economic development because ‘if the people are not healthy and educated, there can be no economic development.’
The AU Commission Chair, who paid a one-day visit to Liberia Thursday to assess the Ebola crisis in the country, made the statement in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia at a press conference she jointly hosted with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
“If there is no skill, there can be no economic development; human capital and financial capital need to be merged to ensure economic development; and as such, African countries should strengthen their health sectors and invest strongly in their people,” the AU official emphasized.
Dr. Zuma urged President Sirleaf and counterparts to also develop their public health sectors efficiently to enable them respond to any epidemic outbreak.
She called on them to lay emphasis on general health in their schools, so children can grow up having a good understanding of health issues, including infectious diseases.
According to Madam Zuma, the AU Commission will engage the World Bank and other international institutions to emphasize health and education in their interventions in Africa.