WHO’s Zsuzsanna Jakab: Romania’ s strengthening efforts to increase immunisation, encouraging example in healthcare area

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Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab stated on Thursday that an encouraging example of Romania’s efforts in the public healthcare area is represented by the strengthening of its efforts to increase immunisation.

Zsuzsanna Jakab added that she worked with important partners of Romania in order to consolidate Romania’s programme to have a draft law that focuses on the important aspects. She hopes that this law be adopted as soon as possible, adding that there is still more to be done. In 2017, Romania has gone through one of the worst epidemics of measles of the European region, with Romania registering 31 percent of the deaths recorded in Europe, the WHO Regional Director mentioned. She went on saying that we have to make sure that the future generation won’t have to deal with such epidemics, thus a legal framework should be adopted as soon as possible. During the seminar called “Addressing the Sustainable Development Goal 3: ensure healthy lives and promoting welfare for all at all ages – dialogue on policies,” which took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, she also emphasised on the importance of adopting this legal framework.

According to her, Romania is one of the countries that primary focuses on reducing tuberculosis.

Zsuzsanna Jakab stated that the coverage around the word with healthcare services is one of the fundamental aspirations of the WHO.

She stated that, although Romania has increased the budget earmarked to healthcare it is still under the European average.

Jakab drew attention over the fact that the deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and brain attacks are increasing.

She added that Romania ranks among top 13 European countries of the WHO that have complete policies regarding smoking.

In her view, air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer and chronic diseases.

 

President Klaus Iohannis: It is very important that healthcare be every government’s priority

 

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday stated that it is very important that healthcare be a priority for any government.

“Our country continues to face challenges such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, vaccination coverage, full access to medical services, which are fields needing clear policies, implementation and monitoring. Let’s not forget that threats to public health are increasing and, besides solving the issues we already have in front of us, we must also have the ability to anticipate and be prepared to deal with the new challenges, in order to ensure a healthy life and, implicitly, the wellfare of all the citizens, regardless of their age. Which is precisely why it is important that healthcare be treated as a priority by any government,” the President told the seminary “Approaching the third sustainable development objective: Ensure healthy life and promoting welfare for all at all ages – dialogue on policies.”  The event was also attended by Zsuzsanna Jakab,  Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

The head of the state said there is need of an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach, harmonized efforts, a joint commitment of the regions, youth and the wide public, in view of preventing and reducing illnesses and death caused by environmental factors.