President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan at the Oqsaroy November 26.
Greeting the guest, the head of our state suggested the visit underlines the tremendous significance attached by the international community, by the WHO in particular, to the cardinal reforms in Uzbekistan’s healthcare system.
Our country places critical emphasis on relations with the World Health Organization. The jointly elaborated strategic aspects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and WHO are penned in biennial agreements. The next such document for 2012-2013 was signed last September.
Noteworthy has been Uzbekistan’s election to WHO Executive Board for 2011-2014.
Some seventy schemes have been materialized in Uzbekistan during the last ten years in cooperation with the WHO. In particular, the Organization is being instrumental in implementing integrated management of childhood illness, improving drinking water supply system and consolidation of primary public health service in the Aral region.
WHO Office in Uzbekistan has been active in introducing international medical and sanitary norms, and it has been supportive of the efforts undertaken by our government to raise public awareness in health issues. Owing to the support of the Organization, our nation has been able to fully root out a range of infectious diseases like poliomyelitis.
Training centers set up across Uzbekistan with assistance from WHO, ADB, EU and UNICEF have already helped retrain twenty-five thousand medical personnel in maternity and child healthcare. In addition, around a hundred specialists from our healthcare system retrain and exchange experience in leading countries with backing from the WHO.
It has been noted during the Oqsaroy meeting that a major international symposium in Tashkent addressing the national model of mother and child healthcare with the participation of authority medical scientists, representatives of leading international organizations in this sphere, health ministers from several dozens of countries, underscores time and again the international recognition of Uzbekistan’s remarkable achievements in reforming its healthcare system.
Expressing her sincere gratitude for the high award – the order “Soghlom Avlod Uchun” (For Healthy Generation) – and a warm welcome, Margaret Chan said the WHO has observed a high sense of political duty in Uzbekistan since 1991 in issues related to maternity and child healthcare. The Healthy Mother – Healthy Child scheme underway in the country has covered all essential aspects of meaningful care for women and children, including first aid and inpatient treatment, regular prophylaxis examinations, emergency medical care, prevention of diseases through immunization, early diagnostics by screening.
The two sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Health Organization.