0739 GMT July 18, 2019
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remarks during a meeting with Iran’s Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi on the sidelines of the 64th WHO Eastern Mediterranean meeting in Islamabad, IRNA reported.
The WHO director general said that he is planning to visit Iran in the near future to enhance collaboration between Iran and the international health organization.
He said that Iran’s pharmaceutical industry is quite advanced and Iran is manufacturing high quality drugs.
“We can benefit from Iran in this area since access to drugs is one of the major problems that we have,” said Adhanom.
He proposed the establishment of a joint committee between Iran and WHO so that joint projects can be undertaken for public benefit.
The senior official also thanked the Iranian health minister for increasing the health budget. The WHO official said that Iran’s performance in cancer research is commendable and sharing this experience can play a very important role in dealing with the disease.
Hashemi hoped for further cooperation between Iran and the WHO, adding that Iran is working on so many health programs with the WHO, so cooperation must continue in order to complete the programs.
He said that the government of Iran is working hard to reform the health sector for the betterment of the public.
“WHO assistance in this respect is crucial for Iran.” the official noted.
He said that WHO can establish a regional or global hub in Iran to benefit from Iran’s experience in the health sector.