Union Health & Sports Minister attends World Health Summit 2019

Union Minister for Health & Sports Dr Myint Htwe attends World Health Summit 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Health & Sports Dr Myint Htwe attends World Health Summit 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports, Dr Myint Htwe, led a delegation to attend World Health Summit 2019 in Berlin, Germany, from 27 to 29 October.
The Union Minister attended meetings related to antimicrobial resistance, the role of A.I. in healthcare protection, sustainable healthcare systems, and comprehensive healthcare accessible by all of society.
The Union Minister also led the meeting on providing sustainable access to treatment for noncommunicable diseases alongside the Ugandan Health Minister. In that meeting, the Union Minister discussed has the same rate of noncommunicable disease occurrences as other Southeast Asian nations but also has to deal with the same consequences of the diseases as in developed countries. He said Myanmar is implementing its National Healthcare Project (2017-2021) to combat noncommunicable diseases.
The Union Minister said Myanmar is implementing the Package of Essential Service of NCD (PEN Project) in collaboration with WHO, EU, INGOs, and World Diabetes Foundation. He thanked Defeat NCD for creating a marketplace platform to acquire necessary medicine and medical apparatuses at a reasonable price.
The Union Minister said Myanmar has rural healthcare departments throughout the nation that opens weekly clinics for examining and treating diabetes and hypertension for free, in addition to implementing preventive measures against to cardiac and arterial diseases. He said developing countries should coordinate with companies to reduce the sugar content in snacks and beverages.
Afterwards, the Union Minister gave an interview to DW public broadcaster where he answered to questions on polio and noncommunicable diseases.
Next, the Union Minister met with Prof Yik-Ying of Singapore’s Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and discussed opening training courses to develop Myanmar’s health economics studies, updating the curriculum of the University of Public Health (Yangon), Myanmar’s involvement in the global burden of disease study, and collaboration in mother and child healthcare with assistance from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In addition, the Union Minister also met with Global Health Project Leader Prof Espen of the University of Oslo, Norway, and discussed further funding from the Norwegian Government for scholarships and implementing a post-doctoral fellowship program.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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