Health Ministers from 11 countries of World Health Organisation’s South-East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR) will meet in Dhaka for a four-day meeting which begins on September 9 to discuss key health issues facing the Region.
In this connection WHO, Bangladesh organized a media briefing at CIRDAP auditorium this morning to brief the journalists about the schedule and issues to be discussed in the meeting.
WHO said, the Health Ministers will exchange views and discuss important health issues to foster cooperation among the member states which will forge bilateral and multi-country cooperation in the field of health.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the meeting on September 9 while Health and Family Welfare Minister of Bangladesh Mohammad Nasim will discuss ways to address vector borne diseases.
As the most of the vector borne diseases are either preventable or curable, the ministers will look at a more comprehensive and intersectional approach for their prevention, control and elimination.
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and Regional Director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh will be present along with WHO experts at both the meetings.
The other important issues to be discussed are “Covering every birth and death: improving civil registration and vital statistics”, ‘Traditional medicine’, ‘Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and an aesthesia as a component of universal health coverage’, ‘Viral hepatitis’ and ‘Regional strategy on strengthening health workforce education and training’.
The ministers’ meeting would be followed by the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia.
The Regional Committee is a statutory body comprising the member states of the region, which is convened once a year to review progress and regional implications of the World Health Assembly resolutions.
The WHO’s South East Asia region comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and East Timor.
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