Arab health ministers urge to meet Syrian refugees' needs

CAIRO, March 3 (KUNA) — The Arab Health Ministers Council has asked the technical secretariat to continue providing required health needs to Syrian refugees in Arab countries.
Concluding its 45th session of the council’s Executive Bureau on Thursday, the council agreed on an Egyptian proposal calling for forming a committee to prepare a complete study on Syrian refugees’ situations in neighboring countries.
Ministers stressed the necessity of meeting these needs in light of data provided by the refugees host countries, calling for submitting a report to the bureau during its coming session, which will be held next May.
Concerning Iraq’s proposal on combating cholera, the council called on the technical secretariat to send the report to all Arab countries so as to review Iraq’s efforts in controlling the disease.
As for Kuwait’s proposal on a rapid response to the current diseases in particular Ebola and Corona viruses, the council assigned the secretariat to prepare a detailed memorandum on these diseases, in collaboration with Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and World Health Organization’s Regional Office to be referred to the council’s coming session.
The council welcomed Algeria’s initiative on organizing an Arab forum in the area of tissue and organ’s transplant, and Moroccan proposal on a forum on mother and child’s health.
The council stressed the importance of member states’ participation in the ministerial conference of implementing the 2030-2030 sustainable development agenda that will be hosted by Egypt next April.
The council agreed to hold an Arab ministerial forum every two years in an Arab state under the title of “the goals of sustainable development on health for 2020-2030”, urging Kuwaiti and Algerian health ministries to prepare a work paper on their visions pertaining to implementation of the new program of sustainable development until 2030.
The council decided to hold its next session in Geneva in the sidelines of WHO’s meetings .
As for Arab strategy to combat AIDS, ministers decided to organize two workshops on media role in confronting AIDS and the role of religious scholars in raising awareness on its risks. The council underlined the need to share health information among Arab countries in the area of infectious diseases, especially AIDs, hepatitis C and B and leprosy.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ali Saad Al-Obaidi, Kuwait’s Health Minister, told reporters that the council called on member states and international organizations to provide urgent needs to Libyan Health Ministry so as to face challenges in this sector.
He said the council urged UN organizations to find an urgent financing source to meet health needs in Libya and Palestine. (Pickup previous)