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Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim on Monday warned against any ‘negative’ political program during the 32nd summit of 11 South Asian member countries of WHO, scheduled to be held in Dhaka on September 9-12.
“Bangladesh is the host of the 32nd summit of 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region this year. Eleven health ministers of these countries are going to join the summit. It’s a matter of our image,” the minister told a press conference at a city hotel.
Pointing at political parties, he further said, “Don’t enforce any negative political program that risks the country’s image.”
Nasim also announced that Prime Minister’s daughter Saima Hossain Putul is getting the ‘Excellence Award’ of WHO in recognition of her work on autism this year.
Putul is working as a consultant at New York-based research institute ‘Autism Speaks’. WHO included her on ‘Expert Consultants Panel’ that works on mental health in June last.
WHO South-East Asia regional director Poonam Khetrapal Singh has initiated the ‘Excellence Award’ for 11 South-East Asian countries from the running year.
Health Ministers from the 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region will meet in Dhaka on September 9-12 to discuss key health issues the region needs to cope up with. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the three-day summit.
The Ministers of Health will discuss ways to address vector-borne diseases and are expected to adopt the “Dhaka Declaration” on this issue.
WHO Director General Margaret Chan will also attend the summit.
WHO’s South-East Asia Region comprises the following 11 Member States: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Timor-Leste and South Korea.