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Thursday, 31 May

Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan met with representatives of the World Health Organization(WHO)

Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea met with Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe this morning.

During the talks, the WHO official stated that Romania achieved constant progress in the healthcare area. Zsuzsanna Jakab stated that the WHO last evaluation report on Romania indicated an increase in life expectancy in Romania, improvement of the population health state, as well as the progress in reducing tobacco consumption following the measures taken by the Government. The WHO representative congratulated the Romanian authorities for this progress. At the same time, the Regional Director for Europe stated that WHO has a very close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, especially in the field of vaccination, and voiced hope that the vaccination law initiated by the Ministry of Health will be passed by the Parliament as soon as possible.

The WHO Regional Director also reiterated the Organization's support for the Romanian Government’s efforts to ensure universal access to healthcare services, especially in rural and underprivileged areas, as well as regarding the control and surveillance of communicable diseases. Moreover, WHO expressed full openness to collaborate with the Romanian authorities to develop primary healthcare.

The Romanian officials outlined that a multi-sectoral approach is needed in the health sector, and Romania's progress in this area is due to the financial effort over recent years, but also to the fact that the whole society is preoccupied with  meeting these objectives and makes its contribution to it.

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