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Maldives to hold conference on public health

Shahudha Mohamed
28 October 2019, MVT 21:37
Press briefing held at the Ministry of Health about the National Conference on Revitalising Public Health. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
28 October 2019, MVT 21:37

Ministry of Health is gearing up to hold a conference titled 'National Conference on Revitalising Public Health: Working Together for a Healthier Nation' from November 4-6.

Speaking at a press conference held at Health Ministry, Minister Abdulla Ameen stated that important discussions about the health sector's plans for next year will take place in the 2-day conference.

"This forum will focus on the government's development projects and goals set to achieve the pledges outlined in the health sector's action plan", the minister said.

Noting that the frequency of deaths resulting from noninfectious diseases are increasing due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, Minister Ameen added that achievements in the health sector will be discussed in addition to exploring new ideas based on measures taken by foreign countries to improve general public health.

According to the ministry, over 200 participants will attend the conference and both foreign and local experts will present relevant papers.

The minister stated that travelling abroad for medical care poses a challenge to the achievements of the local health sector, adding that every country faces this issue.

Referring to the accomplishments of the health sector, Minister Ameen said that Maldivians must recognise the methods, strategies and experience that were funnelled into these achievements.

He declared that the result of the upcoming year's efforts will be reflected much later, adding that this was the beginning of taking the health sector to the next level.

The minister also announced that Maldives achieved higher than the standard set by World Health Organisation (WHO) in controlling and eradicating diseases, especially in the case of noninfectious illnesses.

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