Health minister meets WHO regional director

Minister of Health, Mahmoud Sheyab, said the challenges facing Jordan had a grave brunt on the health sector, especially as the country is hosting a large number of Syrian refugees.

The minister’s remarks came during his meeting at his office on Sunday the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

On the overburdens, the minister noted the health sector has faced severe pressure on its services triggered by the Syrian refugee crisis.

As for the assistance, he called on the international community to provide the necessary support to Jordan to address health challenges.

On the local arena, the minister highlighted Jordan’s achievements in primary, secondary and tertiary health care, and added the health sector has achieved quality strides that received international interest and reputation.

The minister highlighted sustained efforts to develop the Kingdom’s health system in partnership with all sectors and health institutions.

The minister lauded the great efforts of the World Health Organization in backing Jordan’s health programs and wished continued support in the field of capacity-building and training.

For his part, Mandhari praised the Kingdom’s key achievements in the health sector despite the huge challenges facing Jordan at all levels.

“Jordan hosted the Syrian refugees, stood by their side, provided them with the best health care,” Al-Mandhari said.

Al-Mandhari expressed WHO’s full readiness to provide technical support to Jordan at the health level in the needs it requires.

On future plans, he said a roadmap was being developed that would take a broader range of issues and give greater attention to community health, family medicine and mental health, and integrate them into primary health care.

Source: Jordan News Agency