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BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 19. A meeting was held at the Ministry of Health with the delegation of the World Health Organization (WHO) assessment mission, which is on a working visit to Azerbaijan, reports Trend via the ministry.

In welcoming the guests, Minister Teymur Musayev stressed that the country attaches great importance to cooperation with the WHO.

According to Musayev, over the past 30 years, significant work has been done within the framework of mutual cooperation, a number of national, regional and global projects have been successfully implemented.

Recalling the meeting of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Henry Kluge, with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and representatives of the Ministry of Health during his official visit to Azerbaijan, the Minister said he was convinced that the visit of the head of an authoritative health organization in the country will contribute to the further development of ties.

In his speech, the Minister noted the work carried out by Azerbaijan in the fight against COVID-19, as well as the country’s assistance and international initiatives in this context. He stressed that Azerbaijan’s global contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was also highly appreciated by WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Musayev also highlighted the activity of the Azerbaijani representative office of WHO in the work of improving and modernizing national health care.

Expressing his gratitude for the warm welcome, the WHO Representative to Azerbaijan, Khalil Ibrahim, noted that over the past five years, significant efforts have been made in Azerbaijan to transform the health system in order to strengthen it. and achieve universal health coverage.

Ibrahim stressed that strengthening primary health care (PHC) is a vital and ongoing priority for WHO in Azerbaijan.

Furthermore, he noted that the WHO office in the country supports the Azerbaijani government in areas such as COVID-19 preparedness and response, infection prevention and control, health care system. emergency, mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies, and others.

The objectives of the WHO assessment mission are to analyze the context and resources of the various structures and functions of the health system in order to ensure successful planning of WHO support in the area of ​​development health personnel, primary health care, hospital care and nursing. in Azerbaijan.

At the same time, the objectives of the assignment include contributing to the vision of the future organization of primary healthcare in Azerbaijan through recommendations for the ongoing PHC demonstration project; plan and define WHO support and technical assistance in the area of ​​health workforce development through meetings in medical and nursing schools; assess the delivery of hospital services by visiting public and private hospitals, and others.

The mission’s working visit will last until September 23.