Asia Pacific health leaders to meet on COVID-19 virtually

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By RUEL V. PELONE, Managing Editor
October 3, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--Health ministers and senior officials from across the region will meet virtually from October 6-9 for the 75th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a press statement.

"The Committee is WHO’s governing body for the Region. It meets annually in October, usually face-to-face," it said, adding "This year will be the first time it meets virtually."

Topics to be addressed include: COVID-19, vaccine-preventable diseases, and immunization, safe and affordable surgery, and ageing and health

The Regional Committee meeting will be attended by:

* Regional Director Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO country representatives and other staff across the Western Pacific
* Ministers of health and senior officials representing countries and areas of the Region
* Nongovernmental and other partner organizations.

During the press conference, Dr Takeshi Kasai, will give remarks and answer questions on COVID-19 and other agenda items to be addressed by the Regional Committee.

He will be joined by Dr Babatunde Olowokure, WHO Regional Emergency Director for the Western Pacific. (PR)


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