Al-Ghabbash: Syria calls on WHO to contribute to lifting unilateral coercive measures imposed on it

Geneva,SANA -The Minister of Health, Dr. Hassan Al-Ghabbash, called on the World Health Organization to support Syria to lift unilateral coercive measures imposed on it, address the reduction in humanitarian funding received, and seek to continue providing support to find integrated health strategies.

Minister Al-Ghabbash said in his speech Tuesday Within the work of the 77th session of the World Health Assembly held in Geneva that the reality of the health sector requires everyone to search for appropriate solutions, intensify efforts and mobilize resources to find sustainable financing policies at the level of the international community.

In his statement, Minister Al-Ghabbash explained that despite the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), it must be noted that Syria’s lack of resources is not only affecting health but also the exceptional circumstances it has experienced, and negatively affected the economic and social situation of the population as a result of the ongoing war on it  more than thirteen years, accompanied by unilateral coercive measures and procedures imposed on Syria and is still being imposed,  and affecting drug security and preventing the provision and maintenance of basic medical technology and equipment.

Regarding the unjust Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, the Minister of Health pointed out the big risks and regional health emergency resulting from the continuation of this aggression, which requires standing by and supporting the Palestinian people and immediately seeking to stop this aggression, stressing the inevitability and importance of implementing the decisions of the World Health Assembly on health conditions in occupied Palestinian territories and occupied Syrian Golan.

Minister Al-Ghabbash hoped that the results of the meeting would meet the many existing challenges facing global health system and would draw up a road map towards securing the necessary resources to cover the health priorities of countries suffering from economic crises and seek to continue providing support to the health sector to address these complex challenges.

The Minister of Health thanked the World Health Organization, headed by the Director-General, Dr. Tedros, and all the employees of the organization, pointing out the importance of the visit of the Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Hanan Balkhi, where she was briefed on the reality of the health sector, the challenges facing it, and the reality of hospitals, to meet with the necessary needs to enhance the providing of health services.

Manar Salameh

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