The new nominee for Regional Director for the European Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Hans Kluge, described Malta as being among one of WHO’s main collaborators while praising the Government’s commitment to strengthen the level of health care offered by hospitals and primary health care.
The vision and strategy of Malta’s health sector, hospital care, primary health care and the price and accessibility of medicines were discussed between Kluge and the country’s health authorities.
Two weeks after being chosen for the position, while visiting Malta, Hans Kluge noted the efforts being made in the mental health sector as well as the primary health care sector. He deliberated on Malta’s commitment to deploy innovation, including Artificial Intelligence. He said that Malta is establishing itself as a model for other countries to follow.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne presented the country’s overall strategy in the health sector. He said that while it is accepted that hospital care should be of excellent levels the primary health care sector has to be strengthened with family doctors becoming integrated with the public health sector while every town and village should have a clinical facilities. Dr Kluge said this encompasses the strategy of the World Health Organisation.
“It shows the paradigm shift of a culture of disease towards a culture of health. It means that we have to empower the people and give the health workers ongoing training and tools to communicate with the people to stay longer healthy,” said Hans Kluge.
Dr Kluge praised the commitment of Dr Fearne’s Ministry to support the transparency of medicinal products as part of Europe’s agenda.