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Health Ministry reveals themes for public health conference

Mariyam Malsa
31 October 2019, MVT 20:45
Press briefing held at the Ministry of Health about the National Conference on Revitalising Public Health. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
31 October 2019, MVT 20:45

The Ministry of Health, on Thursday, revealed five themes for the 'National Conference on Revitalising Public Health: Working Together for a Healthier Nation'.

Overall, the conference slated from November 4 till 6 aims to highlight key areas within the public health sector to prioritize in order for citizens to attain good health.

"The forum will focus on the government's development projects and goals set to achieve the pledges outlined in the health sector's action plan", said Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen.

The five key areas are:

1- The role of individuals in public health

The theme will involve discussions on how efforts undertaken by government institutions and different sectors are tailored to complement health goals as well as society's role in the matter.

2- The prioritization of public health in the health sector

The management of public health by experts within the provision of services and how such services are intended to promote good health.

3- Designing public health policies to correspond to current human resource capacity and strengthening such initiatives with regard to prevailing health needs

4- Increasing public awareness and modern methods of disseminating information

5- Public health policies and expenditure

The theme will deliberate on sufficiently increasing awareness and public health expenditure. As per the ministry, government and private expenditure on health are currently at 1.4 percent. Furthermore, the theme will highlight statistics which reveal that 50 percent of women and 35 percent of men in Maldives are overweight.

Government representatives, educators, individuals from the social sector and citizens will attend the two-day conference.

According to the ministry, over 200 individuals will participate in the conference with both foreign and local experts presenting relevant papers.

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