A sustainable health system is needed throughout the world. Meanwhile, APEC economists must continue to work together to support the society at all levels in order to achieve broader peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. This was among the matters highlighted by the Minister of Health during the 10th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy held online on the 23rd of September. During the meeting, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar also stated Brunei Darussalam’s support of the APEC leadership and its efforts in line with the World Health Organisation, WHO approach.
The meeting also gained the agreement of APEC member countries to adopt the meeting’s Joint Statement which among others highlights the need for health investment and focus on evidence based interventions in preventing, tracing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic wave which will assist economic recovery, reduce negative effects towards well-being and reduce the possibility of the occurrence of future pandemics. The statement also explains the agreement to take action in order to further strengthen the health system, enhance efforts to work together in obtaining a vaccine that accessible and continue efforts towards tackling other health issues according to importance in other Asia Pacific economists.
The 10th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy is a ministerial level inter-government forum to discuss issues related to health and the economy. Involving health ministers from APEC, its aim is to facilitate united action, exchange of best practices and sharing of innovative approaches towards trans-boundary health threats. The meeting was organised by Malaysia’s Ministry of Health with the theme ‘Building a Resilient Asia-Pacific in a COVID-19 World’. Also in the meeting was Awang Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Policy and Management at the Ministry of Health.
Source: Radio Television Brunei