Nahalal na bagong chairperson ng World Health Organization Western Pacific si Health Secretary Francisco Duque III sa ginanap na taunang sesyon ng regional committee.
Ibinalita ito ni Duque sa kanyang Twitter post kung saan dinaluhan ito ng 37 miyembro ng estado.
“The circumstances in which we meet this year are very different from last year when we came together to endorse the For the Future vision. Thank you for your continued commitment in implementing that vision in the time of COVID-19, as we work together to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and create a new future,” ani Duque.
Ayon sa WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific naitalaga si Duque bilang chairperson ng walang kumontrang kapwa miyembro.
Lahad pa nito na ang tungkulin bilang chairperson ay tungkulin din ng iba pang miyembrong bansa.
“None of us could have imagined how quickly the future would arrive. COVID-19 is the most challenging public health event we have seen in 100 years and it is testing not only the capacity of our health systems, but also the resilience of our societies and economies,” ayon kay Dr. Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
Layunin ng pagpupulong na ito na bumuo ng bagong polisiya, programang pangrehiyon, mag-ulat ng progreso, at pagrebisa sa mga kinakailangang pagbabago.
“This new virus may have originated in the Western Pacific, but so far, your region has reported the fewest cases and deaths,” he said, adding that the region’s countries “are an example for the rest of the world of the long-term benefits of investing in emergency preparedness and response,” saad naman ni WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Through painful past experience, many of your countries have developed a strong ‘muscle memory’ that has helped you to prevent infections and save lives. But all countries must remain vigilant. The virus is still circulating and most people remain susceptible,” dagdag nito.
Magsisilbing chairperson si Duque ng isang taon ayon sa DOH.
Tatagal ang virtual session hanggang Oktubre 9 na pangungunahan ni Duque.