NEW DELHI, INDIA – The UAE participated in G20’S first health working group session held in India from January 18 -20.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the priorities for the health track within G20 under the Indian presidency this year.
The Indian G20 presidency said that it will focus on the priorities of health emergencies preparedness and response, strengthening cooperation in pharmaceutical sector with a focus on availability.
It will also focus on access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medical countermeasures including, but not limited to, vaccine, therapeutics and diagnostics and digital health solutions to aid universal health coverage and improve healthcare service delivery.
The UAE team was led by Dr. Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, Director-General of Emirates Health Services, MoHAP.
The UAE delegation expressed gratitude to India for inviting the country to be part of the health working group and acknowledged their willingness and support to work with New Delhi.
Al Serkal said that the UAE’s participation in the G20’s event reflects the country’s commitment to playing a significant, effective, and influential role in international efforts aimed at addressing global health challenges.
He emphasized on the need to improve coordination and collaboration to upgrade health systems.
He said that there is a need to support sustainable development goals, particularly in the areas of providing safe and effective medical supplies, treatments, and vaccines and ensuring access to these resources for all communities around the globe.
During the meeting, MoHAP emphasized on the need for increased cooperation and coordination among nations to address global health crises, particularly pandemics, and put forward suggestions that prioritize collaboration in order to utilize resources effectively.
During a session on medical value travel, the delegation showcased the UAE’s capabilities and accomplishments in the field of medical value travel and provided suggestions for enhancing “medical value travel” globally.