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GCC Health Ministers to discuss crucial issues
02 February 2008
The meetings of the Executive Commission of the GCC Council of Health Ministers will start tomorrow Sunday at the premises of the Executive Office of the GCC Council of Health Ministers, Embassies Quarter, Riyadh. Continuing for two days, the meetings will review the preparatory works for the 64th conference of the GCC Council of Health Ministers. The Director General of the GCC Council of Health Ministers Dr. Tawfeeq Khoja said the meetings will look into the new topics which have developed following the 67th meeting of the Executive Commission, including the budget of the Executive Office and the proposal of His Highness the UAE Minister of Health regarding the roles, situation, and number of subsidiary committees branching from the Executive Office.
According to Dr. Khoja, the Executive Commission will discuss the issues of developing a Gulf program for combating nervous diseases, alternative medicine, investment in the field of health care in the GCC countries, and the council of nursing specialties. Other topics on the agenda also include combating blindness (vision 2020), the arrangements for the 33rd session of the Executive Commission, and the arrangements for 64th conference.
He said the Executive Commission will review the issues enlisted in the agenda of the conference, including the report of the Director General on the achievements of the latest session, combating diabetes, the diabetes economics conference, combating cardiovascular diseases, the Gulf charter on heart health, health care quality, patients safety, the UAE declaration regarding patient friendly health facilities, primary health care, avian flue, epidemic surveillance, the council of nursing specialties, expanded vaccination, unified procurement, central registration of medicines, drug pricing, pharmaceutical care, continuous medical education and training, establishing a Gulf commission for health specialties, and the budget of the Executive Office.
Finally, Dr. Khoja extended his appreciations to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health for the great efforts exerted in preparing for the 64th conference, hoping the conference will yield decisions that meet the ambitions of the leaders of the GCC countries.   

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