World Health Organization Director-General visits ‘Ahau coastal barrier

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the coastal barrier in ‘Ahau to learn and experience how the community deals with health threats posed by climate change this afternoon.

He said that climate change is a global challenge.

“People think it is not their problem. No! It’s the problem of the whole world, and that’s how others should realize it, it’s not a problem of others but a problem of us all.

“And we are glad to be with you and witness this problem, we are looking forward to working with you more closely to implement the plan that was endorsed in our assembly last May and I think together we can reverse this problem.”Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Ms Elizabeth Iro, Minister for Police and Acting Minister for MEIDECC Hon Mateni Tapueluelu, Minister for Health Hon Dr Saia Piukala and other guests; Ahau coastal barrier

Project Manager of the European funded and GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (EU-GIZ ACSE) Project, Mr Manu Manuofetoa stated at high tide houses along the coast are flooded.

He also emphasized that the adverse impacts of climate change on the community’s livelihood and the actions that have been implemented by the project as well as the Government to reduce the burden on communities and villages.

Supervising Public Health Inspector Ms Sela Fa’u said that Ministry of Health and MEIDECC is working together to address concerns about kitchens and toilet facilities due to soil erosion.

“That is why we are working with partners to assist and to avoid contaminating of sea creature, because this community here rely on the seafood for their daily consumption. Due to this problem we try to do our best to make sure that this will not cause any health problem.

Dr Ghebreyesus also planted a new mangrove seedling to mark the visit.

Attending the program were WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Ms Elizabeth Iro, Minister for Police and Acting Minister for MEIDECC Hon Mateni Tapueluelu, Minister for Health Hon Dr Saia Piukala, Town Officer of ‘Ahau, staff of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications and Health and other guests.

The ‘Ahau coastal barrier is funded by the EU-GIZ ACSE Programme under MEIDECC’s Department of Climate Change.