The newly elected World Health Assembly President, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa has called on member countries to strengthen their health systems to prevent future outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola.

Dr Parirenyatwa, who will chair the assembly until 2019, officiated at the opening session of the 71st World Health Assembly, which kicked off on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Ebola outbreak in the DRC and the support for universal health coverage topped the agenda.

Speaking to the ZBC News from Geneva today, Dr Parirenyatwa said his chairing the meeting has put not only Zimbabwe but the whole continent on the spotlight.

He added that there are high hopes that the challenges confronting the continent will get ample attention during his tenure.