WHO pledges to support Nepal in health emergency preparation

Published On: April 24, 2022 02:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 24: The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to support Nepal in strengthening the country’s health emergency preparedness and priorities of the health sector. 

Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada said this at a press meet organized here today to share information about WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ recent three-day goodwill visit to Nepal and discussions held in course of the visit.  The WHO Director General’s visit concluded on Saturday. 

Nepal received commitments from the WHO for the establishment of a maternity and child health cooperation center focused on oncology, for the development of a Vector Borne Disease Training and Research Center as the WHO Southeast Asian Regional Center, for manufacturing of emergency drugs, for the establishment of health industry relating to surgery and for opportunities and capacity enhancement of Nepali health experts.  

“Director General Tedros has his concern over the National Public Health Laboratory,” the minister said, adding that the WHO chief had expressed his interest in assisting Nepal in the development of an advanced genomic lab, for getting required equipment and for the tests. 

Moreover, the WHO high-level delegation responded to issues put forth before it by Nepal positively and pledged to take them toward the implementation phase with the preparation of a required action plan. Nepal has WHO support and cooperation in its health sector.

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