Health Minister Giri meets with WHO Director-General Dr. Ghebreyesus

KATHMANDU, February 23: Nepal’s Minister of Health and Population Padam Giri, who is in Switzerland for the Fifth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety, met with the Director General of the World Health Organization ( WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom. Ghebreyesus in the latter’s office.

On the occasion, the minister thanked the WHO for its contribution to the health sector in Nepal. He praised the United Nations agency for its assistance in providing vaccines against COVID-19, control, containment and elimination of various types of diseases, such as polio and cholera after the 2015 earthquake, and in newborn health.

He addressed the issue of mutual cooperation and expansion of activities related to non-infectious diseases, mental health and stimulus-responsive drug delivery system for biomedical applications, it was said.

The meeting also discussed the issue of building the WHO coordination center, strengthening the National Public Health Laboratory and continuing assistance to increase efficiency for the implementation of the International Health Regulations, said the minister’s private secretary, Laxman Giri.

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