Minister of Health participates in 59th Session of WHO Regional Committee

October 4, 2012

Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah led the Saudi delegation to the 59th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Middle East in Cairo yesterday. The meeting’s agenda included a variety of topics, including the strengthening of health systems; maternal, reproductive and child health and nutrition; communicable and non-communicable diseases; and emergency preparedness and response.

In his speech, Dr. Al-Rabeeah emphasized the importance the Kingdom places on providing services to Hajj pilgrims from around the world. He noted that the Ministry of Health will deploy more than 22,000 personnel at eight hospitals in Makkah and more than 150 primary health care centers and hospitals in Madinah. In addition, he offered assurances that there are no epidemic diseases in the Hajj areas this year.

Dr. Rabeeah also discussed the numerous health initiatives that the Kingdom has sponsored, including the prevention of AIDS transference between mothers and babies; combating blindness; and providing care for large crowds.

Before departing Cairo today, Dr. Al-Rabeeah met with Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Dr. Mohammad Mustafa Hamid. In a statement after the session, Dr. Hamid described noted that Egypt and Saudi Arabia have a program of cooperation that encompasses family medicine; the development of nursing schools; the pharmaceutical industry and vaccines; and scientific research.

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