HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari has underlined that importance of collaborative work, noting that the adoption of an integrative government approach based on the principles of science and comprehensive healthcare was an essential element to address a great challenge like the Covid-19 pandemic.
HE the Minister indicated that the availability of an integrated, strong, and well-prepared health system for emergencies, in addition to the good management of this system during the crisis, helped save many lives and keep the death rate low, as well as keeping the country's economy as active as possible.
This came during HE the Minister of Public Health's participation as a guest of honour and a keynote speaker in the first day of a webinar organised by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) under the title "Towards a Post-Pandemic World: Lessons from Covis-19 for Now and the Future". The first day of the webinar featured two keynotes for HE Dr al-Kuwari titled "A Blueprint for a Whole-of-Society Approach to Health Care"; and for former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark titled "A Vision for the Future".
HE the Minister believed that health systems in some countries can become more resilient and stronger after the Covid-19 pandemic and the enormous challenges associated with it, by learning from the lessons obtained during the pandemic and building future strategies and plans on them.
She noted that harnessing the collective experiences gained during this pandemic can help ensure that the health systems are well prepared for future challenges and able to detect future health crises early, thus avoiding a state of paralysis in societies and ensuring a quick and safe recovery from these health crises.
The webinar, which continues till Friday, examines broadly the response to Covid-19 in the United States and abroad, and explores how analysing Covid-19 through a syndemic approach could help contextualise health consequences and disease interactions in a populations underlying social, environmental and economic characteristics.
Based in the United States, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world.
Their work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.