OIC Health Ministers Commit to Boosting Health Facilities in Member States: Jeddah Declaration calls for Greater Cooperation Among Member Nations

JEDDAH, December 7 (CIC) – The two-day conference of the health ministers from OIC member countries culminated on Thursday with the “Jeddah Declaration”. The conference, held in Jeddah under the banner of “Health in All Policies, stressed the need for all sectors of government to support public-health policies.

The final communiqué expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) nations to collectively achieve the objectives of the Strategic Action Plan on Health 2014-2023 and noted that access to quality health care is one of the fundamental rights of individuals, irrespective of race, creed or social status.

It emphasised OIC’s commitment to social and economic development by ensuring public safety and access to quality healthcare. It also stressed the need to put into action the sustainable development goals and integrate them in all policies.

The declaration also reaffirmed OIC’s commitment to building the necessary infrastructure to collect high-quality data so as to improve health services and implement “health in all policies”.

It emphasised the need to recognise the critical importance of supporting the OIC general secretariat with financial and human resources to enable it to prevent health emergencies in member nations.

It also stressed the importance of strengthening the capacity of the OIC countries to address health risks arising from disasters, and to mitigate, prepare, respond to and recover from health emergencies at the local, regional, national and international levels.

The declaration recommended that member states encourage their citizens to use health facilities within the OIC region.

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