Opening of the conference “Best practices in implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR)”


With the participation of two hundred guests, executives and representatives of international and local bodies and ministries, started today at the Acropolis Museum the international conference “Best practices in implementing the International Health Regulations” organized by the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) in cooperation with the European Commission and Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

HCDCP’s President and the Secretary – General of the Ministry of Health, Theophilos Rosenberg and Yiannis Baskozos, respectively, welcomed the scientific meeting. During his introductory speech, Mr. Rosenberg stressed that the aim of the international conference is to bring intο contact the various actors involved in International Health Regulations’ appropriate implementation.

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health referred to the importance of the international conference in order to address to major public health issues linked with IHR implementation. Mr Baskozos noted:

The country is already receiving a vast number of mobile populations (refugees – immigrants and tourists) while the climate change accelerates that phenomenon, therefore it is necessary to implement IHR.

He also underlined that the interministerial cooperation is the main goal aim of the Ministry of Health, while mentioning how essential is the international cooperation in a spirit of solidarity, best practices exchange and mutual assistance.

The Minister of Health, Andreas Xanthos, honoured the opening ceremony with his attendance, stressing IHR importance for health security at global level:

An effort is being made to upgrade and strengthen health services by implementing critical reforms with a focus on primary care, prevention and public health policies, having as a key objective of covering population’s health needs.

Finally, European Commission’s representative (Directorate-General for Health), A. Lanaras, stressed the importance of European Union’s legal framework regarding cross-border health threats, as well as the importance of integrated and correct IHR implementation in Greece.

The conference includes six thematic sections and will be completed tomorrow afternoon.

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