Health Minister Ahmed Naseem has said that the Maldives' efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic are an example to other countries. He made the statement while speaking at the 75th General Assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Noting that some countries are still working to overcome COVID-19, Minister Naseem said other countries must view the Maldives government's efforts and results as an example. He said the country was able to overcome the outbreak thanks to the strong measures taken by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in line with the advice of relevant experts and health experts.
Despite overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maldives is still facing many challenges in terms of environmental issues, he said.
While war and conflict are ongoing in various countries around the world, this threatens the entire humanity, the minister said. Unrest and climate change issues hamper efforts to eradicate hunger and achieve food security, he further said.
Naseem added that countries like the Maldives have significant climate challenges and that the impact of climate problems will be extreme for the Maldives. Therefore, he said it would be challenging to live a healthy life unless a safe environment is provided.
The meeting, which began last Tuesday, will continue until the 28th of this month. The health ministers of several countries will address the theme of "Health for Peace, Peace for Health".