Jeddah (OIC-UNA) - The 5th session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers of the OIC Member States (ICHM) will begin in Jeddah on Wednesday. The preparatory meeting of the senior officials held here on Tuesday to finalize the agenda and draft resolutions of the two-day conference, with the theme of "Health in all policies."
OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology Ambassador Mohammad Naim Khan addressed the preparatory meeing in which he highlighted the major achievements made since the 5th ICHM hosted by Turkey. He stated that the area of health is one of the essential areas of OIC activities. The OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action (SHPA) established a framework for more effective national action and for international cooperation in the field of health.
In his welcoming speech, Undersecretary of Saudi Public Health Dr. Hani Jokhdar underscored the importance of promoting health in communities, upgrading health systems and the need for cooperative health work among member states.
The 6th ICHM will discuss the OIC-HSPA: 2023-2014, enhancing cooperation, healthy lifestyle, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and emergency health and disaster situations. The ministers will also discuss mother and child health and nutrition of mothers and children, self-reliance in the provision and production of medicines, vaccines and medical technology, as well as the health conditions in occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan.
Regarding the implementation of the SHPA, the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) will present a report on health in the OIC member states. Also, the chairman of the Islamic Advisory group on polio eradication will review a status report on the activities of the group. The chairman of the OIC group of vaccine manufacturers will present a case report on self-reliance in this area.
The conference is to adopt the terms of reference of the Lead Country Coordinators groups and the Steering Committee on Health in the OIC member states.
Source: International Islamic News Agency