Health Ministry, WHO Sign Joint Work Plan for 2016-17

Plan will focus on improving health conditions for civilians, combating contagious and non-contagious diseases, and upgrading emergency and disaster services

Syria’s Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday signed a joint cooperation program for 2016-2017.

The plan focuses on five priority areas in the health sector, including: contagious diseases, non-contagious diseases, improving health for various age groups (particularly mothers, children, and the elderly), boosting healthcare systems, and developing means to deal with emergencies and disasters.

Speaking to reporters after signing the plan, Health Minister Nizar Yazigi voiced appreciation for the technical support provided by the WHO throughout the past years, noting that its support has helped efforts to preserve health security and meet citizens’ medical needs.

Yazigi said he is looking forward to continuing cooperation with the WHO to improve the Syrian healthcare system, provide services for affected citizens, improve emergency medical services, and rehabilitate health infrastructure affected by terrorism.

WHO representative in Damascus Elizabeth Hoff said the constructive cooperation between the two bodies has helped to provide the needs of affected people and deal with contagious diseases, particularly polio.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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