Health min­istry to re­view strate­gies in line with 2030 Vi­sion, SDGs: Of­fi­cial

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A se­nior of­fi­cial has re­ferred to an ‘ori­en­ta­tion’ to re­view, and mod­ern­ize the na­tional health strate­gies and pro­grams in line with the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Vi­sion. The third of the 17 SDGs is mainly on health, and the other 16 ones cover sev­eral rel­e­vant chal­lenges, the Min­istry of Health As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Tech­ni­cal Af­fairs Walid AlFalah ex­plained in a press re­lease on Satur­day. In 2015, the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and its 17 SDGs. The 3rd SDG pro­vides for “en­sur­ing healthy lives and pro­mote well­be­ing for all at all ages.”

The “goals within a goal” seek by 2030 to re­duce global ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity; end pre­ventable deaths of new­borns and chil­dren un­der five; end the epi­demics of AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, malaria and ne­glected trop­i­cal dis­eases and com­bat­ing hep­ati­tis, wa­ter-borne dis­eases and other com­mu­ni­ca­ble ones; re­duce by one third pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity from non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases through pre­ven­tion and treat­ment and pro­mote men­tal health and well-be­ing, in ad­di­tion to some oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Falah, re­al­iz­ing full health care cov­er­age and ap­ply­ing all the in­ter­na­tional conventions for com­bat­ing to­bacco, pol­lu­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change are ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing the health sys­tems world­wide. It is nec­es­sary the health pro­grams should fo­cus on aware­ness to en­cour­age peo­ple to lead healthy life­style and be­hav­ior. — KUNA

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