President Iohannis welcomes World Health Organisation Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab: Romania facing immunisation challenges; responsible approach needed

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday welcomed World Health Organisation Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab, whom he said that Romania is currently facing immunisation challenges, underscoring the importance for a responsible approach of this important public health issue.

The Presidential Administration says in a press statement that talks at the meeting mainly focused on immunisation as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Romania’s President mentioned that special attention should be attached to the world context, underscoring the importance of action to prevent diseases, which can become a danger in the future, even if illnesses are not a danger now,” the statement reads.

Iohannis also underscored the involvement of the Presidential Administration in a vast national healthcare education and prevention project, which guidelines agree with the international context and the third goal of sustainable Presidential Administration regarding good health and well-being.

“President Klaus Iohannis encouraged deepening cooperation between Romania and the World Health Organization (WHO), underscoring that international expertise is essential in the area of public health. The events organised in partnership with the Presidential Administration at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace regarding healthcare human resources as well as health care and environmental policies is clear proof of cooperation with the WHO,” reads the statement.

Jakab praised the Romanian Presidential Administration for involvement in the advancement of healthcare education, thanking Iohannis for cooperation with the WHO in major healthcare topics.

She was in Romania to mark the European Immunization Week, April 24-30.

This was her second visit to Romania, after on February 24, 2016 she was welcomed at Cotroceni Palace for an event that promoted healthcare and healthcare education through policies. Back then, an agreement on biannual cooperation between WHO and Romania’s Health Ministry was signed.

“Today’s meeting is proof of the Presidential Administration’s consistency in improving global healthcare governance and developing efficient healthcare policies and programmes that agree with the Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of health as well as sustainable development in general, in accordance with the commitment made at the September 2015 UN Summit, ” the statement adds.

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