WHO hails Iran’s health sys­tem devel­op­ment

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TEHRAN — World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) Direc­tor Gen­eral Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus hailed on Tues­day Iran’s health sys­tem devel­op­ment, say­ing that Iran sets an ex­am­ple for other coun­tries world­wide.

Ghe­breye­sus made the re­marks over a meet­ing with Ira­nian Health Min­is­ter Has­san Qaz­izadeh-Hashemi on the side­lines of the sixty-fourth ses­sion of the WHO Re­gional Com­mit­tee for the Eastern Mediter­ranean which is held from Oc­to­ber 9–12 in Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan.

“Iran is a role model for other coun­tries world­wide,” Ghe­breye­sus said, adding other coun­tries should ben­e­fit from Iran’s ex­pe­ri­ence [in health sec­tor], the Ira­nian health min­istry’s of­fi­cial web­site re­ported.

Iran has made a con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, he said, while en­dors­ing Iran’s good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices re­gard­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts.

“We can ben­e­fit from Iran’s ex­pe­ri­ence [in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try] for other coun­tries as not hav­ing reg­u­lar ac­cess to es­sen­tial and high qual­ity medicines is one of WHO’s ma­jor prob­lems,” he high­lighted.

He fur­ther men­tioned his fu­ture trip to Tehran ex­press­ing hope that the trip would pave the way for greater co­op­er­a­tion be­tween WHO and Iran.

He ad­di­tion­ally com­mented on Iran’s “ex­cel­lent” re­search pro­grams on cancer treat­ment say­ing that Iran’s ex­pe­ri­ence in this field can be put in good use.

Fi­nally, Ghe­breye­sus ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion for Iran’s Health Min­istry mea­sures in al­lo­cat­ing bud­gets to pro­vide cit­i­zens with ap­pro­pri­ate health­care cov­er­age.

The Ira­nian min­is­ter, for his part, called for WHO’s sup­port to un­der­take some re­forms in health sec­tor. More­over, he said that WHO can set up a re­gional of­fice in Iran to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘Tehran, Is­lam­abad can launch joint ven­ture’

On the side­lines of the WHO meet­ing, Qaz­izadeh-Hashemi met with Saira Afzal Tarar, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Na­tional Health Ser­vices, Reg­u­la­tions and Co­or­di­na­tion of Pak­istan. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the Ira­nian of­fi­cial noted that Iran and Pak­istan can start a joint ven­ture re­gard­ing ex­ports of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and med­i­cal equip­ment.

“We can take ad­van­tage of both coun­tries ca­pa­bil­i­ties in health sec­tor and such co­op­er­a­tion can be broaden and does not nec­es­sar­ily have to be lim­ited to the two coun­tries,” he said, stat­ing “in ad­di­tion the mar­ket in Iran and Pak­istan we can pro­duce and ex­port our prod­ucts to other coun­tries as well.”

How­ever, he said, im­ple­ment­ing mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing signed be­tween Iran and Pak­istan (in 2016) highly de­pends on pri­vate sec­tor full and ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion.

Iran to ex­port phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to Pak­istan

The Pak­istani min­is­ter also ex­pressed readi­ness for im­port­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals from Iran say­ing that the two coun­tries along with Iraq should strive to ex­pand ties in health sec­tor.

Fur­ther­more, he ex­plained that a sci­en­tific del­e­ga­tion is slated to travel to Iran to ne­go­ti­ate the two coun­tries mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture.

Has­san Qaz­izadeh-Hashemi (L) and Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus

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