Health Minister underscores cooperation with WHO to counter chemical poisoning

Damascus, SANA-Minister of Health Dr. Saad al-Nayef has underscored the necessity of bolstering cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) for confronting chemicals and gas-induced poisoning.

Minister al-Nayef was speaking during his meeting on Monday with the WHO representative in Syria Elizabeth Hoff and the technical support team.

During the meeting, the minister emphasized the WHO efforts in supporting the health sector in many areas, namely healthcare and the emergency system to respond to the effects of chemical weapons.

Minister al-Nayef said a national training program for emergency cadres has been put in place for dealing with patients who get exposed to chemical weapons and other toxic materials.

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Syria’s accession to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) requires the support of the WHO and other organizations for a lab specialized in dealing with chemical and toxic materials to be established, the minister added.

Hoff, for her part, underlined mutual cooperation with the Syrian Health Ministry in consolidating national alert and response capabilities during the process of destroying chemical weapons in Syria.

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