Health authorities meet to discuss strategies for future pandemics

The general director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, Melva Cruz, participates this week at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, United States, in discussions of the key components and the implications for the region of the Americas of the future instrument on pandemic management.

Cruz indicated that with a view to sharing information to promote a better understanding and facilitate consensus among the Health authorities of the Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO), so that the health, social and economic repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Representatives of the ministries of Health and Foreign Relations of the countries of the Americas will participate in the second meeting convened by the director of PAHO, Jarbas Barbosa.

An effective pandemic agreement – based on solidarity between countries – is expected to help health workers around the world be better equipped against the next pandemic, more equitable production and distribution of vaccines and other products doctors, to ensure effective early detection and response measures against possible pandemic pathogens, and to improve the response capabilities of health, laboratory and research services, among others.

For Panama, the delegation is made up of the Director General of Public Health Melva Cruz, focal point of the International Health Regulations Pablo González and the Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission in Geneva in charge of health issues Carmen Ávila.

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