The West African Health Organization (WAHO), the specialized health agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has begun the convening of a six-day meeting of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers in Monrovia.The meeting began yesterday at a local hotel in Monrovia while the ECOWAS Health Ministers will meet on April 11-12 to discuss health issues in the region.The theme for this year’s 15th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Health Ministers is: Universal Health Coverage: issues, Challenges and Opportunities.According to the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee (NOC), Mr. Momolu V.O. Sirleaf, who is also the Liaison Officer of WAHO in Liberia, the meeting will bring together delegates from the fifteen ECOWAS countries, the directorate of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), partners as well as the Ministers.Mr. Sirleaf said the Official Opening ceremony would be held on Friday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Monrovia City Hall. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony.At the same, delegates have already arrived in the country for this 15th Ordinary meeting. The following meetings will precede the ECOWAS Health Ministers’ meeting. The Liaison Officers meeting would take place on Monday, April 7; the ECOWAS Health Experts’ meeting will take place on April 8 and 9 while the WAHO’s Partners Forum will take place on Thursday, April 10.The meeting of the ECOWAS Health Ministers will then take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12th.At the same time, the Chairman of the NOC has thanked the Government of Liberia for its financial support to the holding of the conference. Mr. Sirleaf has also thanked the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale for his leadership in directing the National Organizing Committee.Mr. Sirleaf, who is also the Director of External Aid Coordination at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, pointed out that dignitaries including the Diplomatic Corps, the Judiciary, the National legislature, cabinet members, heads of national commissions, the UN family in Liberia, former health Ministers have been invited to attend the opening ceremony.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Roger Clemens was everywhere at Legends Field – in George Steinbrenner’s suite, in the broadcast booth, in the stands. Everywhere, except in pinstripes. Clemens created quite a stir at the ballpark in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night when he showed up to watch good friend Andy Pettitte pitch for the New York Yankees against Cincinnati. The 44-year-old Rocket has been discounting any talk that he’ll play in the majors this season. But he at least acknowledged a time frame for making his choice. When his agents “give me a call in early May, I’ll have another decision to make,” Clemens said. Sammy slammin’ again: Sammy Sosa is finding a groove in his comeback with the Texas Rangers. Sosa homered for the second time in spring training, going 2 for 3 in the Rangers’ 9-8 victory over Arizona in Surprise, Ariz. The 38-year-old Sosa, who didn’t play in the major leagues last season, hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run third off former World Series MVP Livan Hernandez. “The more games I play, the better I feel,” Sosa said. “The confidence is here, and I know I can hit. I believe in myself, and just keep working every day.” O no? Kris Benson is experiencing increased soreness in his right shoulder, a development that means the Baltimore Orioles pitcher may need surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Working on the advice of two doctors, Benson is attempting to rehabilitate the injury at spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. If his bid is unsuccessful, the operation would force the right-hander to miss the 2007 season. Feller unhurt in accident: Bob Feller, at 88 the second-oldest living member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, was unhurt in a minor car accident at the Cleveland Indians’ spring training complex in Winter Haven, Fla. Dr. Nilesh Shah, physician for the Indians’ Class A Carolina League farm team at Kinston, N.C., backed his car out of its parking spot and into Feller’s vehicle. Piazza recovering: Mike Piazza was held out of the Oakland Athletics’ exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, a day after being hit by a pitch. Piazza was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Brian Bannister in the third inning of Oakland’s 3-2 loss to the Royals. After a restless night, Piazza reported to work with stiffness in his left arm. Ex-Phillies coach Vukovich in grave condition: Longtime Philadelphia Phillies coach John Vukovich, 59, is in grave condition in a Philadelphia-area hospital due to complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor, the team said. Klesko ailing: San Francisco Giants first baseman Ryan Klesko will miss the next week of spring training with a strained muscle in his left side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clemens said he spoke with Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ owner. As to what they talked about, he said, “I’ll pass on that.” Clemens repeated that if he played, it would for with either Houston, Boston or the Yankees.. Martinez throws: Pedro Martinez threw a baseball for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last October. The New York Mets ace lightly tossed a ball for about 10 minutes from a distance of about 45 feet at the Mets’ minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Martinez is not expected to rejoin the Mets’ rotation until the second half of the season.