Iran urges practical steps to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar


Islamabad, Oct 11 (TNS): Iran’s Minister of Health Seyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi urged the international community to take practical steps to put an immediate end to the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Mynamar.

Addressing the 64th session of the World Health Organization regional committee for the Eastern Mediterranean in Islamabad, he asked all members states to pay special attention to the devastating situation in Yemen.

“Let me express my special tribute to all the people who have lost their lives as the result of extremism and terrorism particularly the innocent victims of Syria and Yemen and recently in the Rohingya in Mynmar,” he said.

The Iranian minister added, ‘We must also take practical steps to stop violence against Rohingya minority.’

He said health security still continues to challenge people’s health and good living across the globe particularly in our region.

He added that Iran is taking practical steps to complete its plans for expansion of health care services, establishment of family programs, electronic health record and a system empowering citizens and promoting home care. He noted that parliament of Iran has already endorsed these programs for the next four years.

Seyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi went on to say that Iran is a fast track country for the prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The minister added that in line with the WHO strategy our implementation programs for NCDs aim to reach 30 percent NCDs related death reduction by 2030.

“High level political attention for social orientation of different sectors and citizens’ empowerment is essential to ensure good governance. I have pledged series of structural reforms to ensure successful health policy,” he added.

He expressed gratitude to the WHO and Pakistan for holding such an important conference. He also thanked for the hospitality of Pakistan towards the foreign delegates attending the conference.

The 64th meeting of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean is being held in Pakistan’s Islamabad from October 9 to 12.

While inaugurating the conference President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain called on the international community, and especially the regional counties, to cooperate willingly to address the challenges faced, putting aside political matters, so that a comprehensive strategy can be devised to control the spread of infectious diseases and other public health threats.

More than 250 public health representatives and experts will discuss important public health priorities for countries of the region in the meeting.