Mayor of Almaty met with WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus

ALMATY. KAZINFORM During the meeting with the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus, issues of strengthening cooperation in the field of healthcare, including countering COVID-19, training specialists and attracting new technologies, were discussed, Kazinform reports.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Azhar Giniyat.

During the discussions, it was noted that the epidemiological situation in Almaty remains stable – the city is in the “green” zone, provided with the necessary resources to combat coronavirus infection and follows the recommendations of WHO. Mayor Yerbolat Dosaev stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic had revealed weaknesses in the city’s healthcare system.

“The pandemic has shown that it is necessary to improve the quality of primary health care (PHC). To this end, it is planned to modernize and develop medical institutions providing PHC, strengthen human resources, implement best practices and WHO recommendations. The next 2-3 years are critical for reforming the city’s health care system,” the mayor of Almaty said.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, supported the head of the city and expressed WHO’s readiness for active cooperation.

“WHO is focused on a primary health care center that will bring many opportunities to the world. Next year, a high-level meeting on universal health coverage will be held in New York. We wanted Kazakhstan to work with us and take the lead on aspects of primary health care,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus.

The head of the city noted that he was interested in using progressive world experience and best practices for the development of the healthcare sector in Almaty.

Earlier it was reported that the head of WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus located on an unofficial visit to Almaty.


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