UAE honors Afghan Health Min. as world’s best minister

DUBAI, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Al-Maktoum awarded on Sunday Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz, in honor of his relentless efforts to vaccinate Afghan children against poliomyelitis.

During his accepting speech, at the 7th World Government Summit in Dubai, Feroz, said “I have never dreamt of receiving such a prestigious award and our people will never forget the support we receive from UAE.” The minister received “Best Minister in the World” at the ceremony.

The Afghan minister was selected from among six finalists for the award, organized by the World Summit of Governments.

Feroz won the award for his initiatives to vaccinate 9.5 million children against poliomyelitis, establish a health database for Afghanistan and launch the Afghan Health Strategy 2020.

During his tenure as health minister, the life expectancy at birth was seven years higher and the under-five mortality rate for children under five was 44 percent and the maternal mortality rate was down 19 percent.

Other nominees that were carefully scrutinized were from Finland, Namibia and Indonesia, as well as two ministers from India.

The “World’s Best Minister” awards reflect the direction of the World Summit of Governments, which annually presents a summary of creative and innovative experiences and inspirational models of government leaders that have made a difference in their communities and contributed to developing solutions to the challenges they face to reshape the future of government action.

The three-day World Government Summit 2019 runs until 12th February at Jumairah in Dubai.

The event has convened more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 30 international organizations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency