Romania could offer expertise in monitoring influenza, emergency medical services (EMS) and anti-smoking legislation, President Klaus Iohannis told the ‘Promoting Healthcare and Education for Health – Dialogue on Policies’ event he hosted on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration.
The President hailed the presence in Romania of Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, as an opener of opportunities of regional collaboration and healthcare support from Romania to Balkan countries, within the WHO.
“Our joint commitment concerns fair, sustainable and responsible health development, in line with the directions formulated in the World Health Organization’s Health 2020 Strategy. At the same time, we want to identify those solutions that render the healthcare system more efficient for citizens, and today’s debate has a place in this wider context. We are all affected by global challenges that have a significant impact on the health of the population. Migration, climate change, pandemics, food safety disregard borders and directly and indirectly influence the life of European citizens. They call for integrated solutions and adequate responses,” President Iohannis said.
A two-year collaboration agreement between the WHO and Romania’s Health Ministry was signed during the event, an event also attended by Health Minister Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu, by healthcare officials and members of the Parliament. Iohannis declared that the document confirms “our determination to improve the global governance for health and to develop efficient healthcare policies and programmes.”
The Health Ministry launched the debate on a multi-annual integrated plan to promote healthcare and education for health.
“I think our major goal is a better health condition of the population, including the vulnerable groups. A healthy population is firstly an informed population. For this, we need to increase the level of awareness, motivation and education on the benefits of adopting a correct life style. (…) Health education targets the whole population, with a focus on children and teenagers, because acknowledging the importance of prevention and of adopting a healthy behaviour must start at the youngest ages,” the President pointed out.
“The signing of the Biannual Collaboration Agreement between the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe and the Romanian Health Ministry confirms our determination to improve global governance for health and to develop efficient health policies and programmes,” he added.
Klaus Iohannis pointed out that a healthy population is first of all an informed population. “For this, we need to increase the level of awareness, motivation and education on the benefits of adopting a correct life style, equal access to multiannual health promotion and health education programmes at community level, but also intersectorality, efficient collaboration between institutions.”
“Health education targets the whole population, with a focus on children and teenagers, because acknowledging the importance of prevention and of adopting a healthy behaviour must start at the youngest ages. To an equal extent, we have to have disadvantaged groups in mind too.
I hope the technical talks taking place at this seminary would materialize in a coherent roadmap with a series of clearly outlined stages. Undoubtedly, we need this Health Plan for Romania, one that would be sustainable and would answer the citizens’ expectations.
The support that the World Health Organization’s Regional Office can give in order for us to accelerate the implementation of real reform is welcomed. Consequently, the Health Ministry has the duty to capitalize on the partnership with the World Health Organization, so that the National Plan would attain its proposed goals and would attract funds that would back new projects,” the Head of State concluded.