The Lancet ranks Malta’s health sec­tor among the world’s top ten

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Malta has been ranked ninth world­wide, with 79 points, in an an­nual health-re­lated in­dex pub­lished to­day in the med­i­cal jour­nal The Lancet.

The Global Bur­den of Dis­ease Study 2017 (GBD 2017), co­or­di­nated by the In­sti­tute for Health Met­rics and Eval­u­a­tion (IHME), based in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, pub­lished its an­nual health-re­lated SDG in­dex – a sum­mary of over­all per­for­mance across 41 health-re­lated in­di­ca­tors – in The Lancet for 195 coun­tries world­wide.

Malta’s per­for­mance for this year saw a rise of five places com­pared to its plac­ing in 14th po­si­tion last year. Malta ob­tained full marks in 10 in­di­ca­tors as­sessed, and over 80 marks in 28 of those in­di­ca­tors. Malta is do­ing par­tic­u­larly well across many of the in­di­ca­tors re­lated to com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and child de­vel­op­ment and also scored well in re­spect of health ser­vices re­lated in­di­ca­tors.

This as­sess­ment, the gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment yes­ter­day, shows that Malta is well on track to achieve sev­eral tar­gets for the health-re­lated SDG in­di­ca­tors as­sessed by 2030.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Health Chris Fearne said that this rank­ing is the re­sult of years of hard work in the right di­rec­tion. “Af­ter years of be­ing in­flicted with huge is­sues such as never-end­ing wait­ing lists and out-of­s­tock medicines, the health sec­tor to­day is as­pir­ing to pro­vide a ser­vice of ex­cel­lence which is ac­ces­si­ble to all. Be­ing in the world’s top 10 is a di­rect re­sult of the com­pe­tence and ded­i­ca­tion of our work­force, the ever-in­creas­ing in­vest­ment by the gov­ern­ment in the sec­tor and the lead­er­ship and vi­sion of our man­age­ment team”

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