Health Minister Participates in Panel Discussion on Future of Global Health

Riyadh, Minister of Health Fahad Al-Jalajel participated in a panel discussion on the future of global health, at the World Economic Forum Special Meeting, held here on 28-29, in which Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates took part as well. Al-Jalajel highlighted the need for proactive measures to address future challenges posed to health by climate, and said coordinated cooperation is needed to mitigate the impact of epidemics and emergencies. He said that the Kingdom secures effective sectorial collaboration in all policies through the ministerial committee for health, by integrating health, justice, and sustainability in all decision-making processes, thus improving the Kingdom's health status. He stressed the pivotal role the Kingdom plays in the region and globally toward a polio-free world. He said that the steps the world took towards eradicating polio signify progr ess but also show hope for a healthier future. He said that a polio-free world would be a significant success and a testament to global cooperation, with the Kingdom playing a pivotal role. Al-Jalajel also stressed the need to confront global health challenges, and to learn from past experiences to mitigate the impact of pandemics and emergencies. Talking about health threats, he said that antimicrobial resistance is a silent epidemic that must be addressed, and urged attendees to attend the fourth Global High-Level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be held in the Kingdom between November 15 and 16. The minister said: "Let us remain committed to making a healthier and more resilient planet for future generations. Remember that this investment in global health is not just a benefit; it is a strategic necessity for a prosperous and more resilient future." Al-Jalajel also said that a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Bill and Melinda G ates Foundation focusing on cooperation in several areas to improve monitoring diseases and diagnostic tools, provide safe health solutions, and offer technical assistance to enhance vaccine production capacity of the Kingdom to help low- and middle-income countries have access to lower-cost vaccines to combating polio, and contribute to global preparedness and response to pandemics. Source: Saudi Press Agency

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