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Jordan - Deputizing for Princess Muna.. Princess Aisha attends panel discussion on health sector governance


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, Nov. 22 (Petra) -- A panel discussion held Monday discussed governance mechanisms of Jordan's health sector in order to reach a universal health coverage in the Kingdom.
Deputizing for HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein, HRH Princess Aisha Bint Al Hussein, who attended the panel entitled 'Governance of the Jordanian Health Sector Towards Universal Health Coverage', said that these meetings are an achievement to move forward in addressing challenges facing the health sector in the Kingdom, and to transform challenges into opportunities.
Princess Aisha lauded efforts of the health sectors in Jordan in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, calling for partnership between various health sectors to strengthen the sector and enhance public health.
In the panel, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and attended by subject-matter experts, Health Minister, Firas Hawwari, referred to the outcomes yesterday's meeting with His Majesty, where he emphasized the need to expedite the provision of comprehensive health insurance, which constitute a ministry's priority.
Hawwari said that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted health sector weaknesses and strengths, stressing the need for establishing sector governance, based on the basics of computing and infrastructure.
For his part, Director General of the Royal Medical Services (RMS), Brigadier General Dr. Yousef Zureikat, said that health security is part of national security, commending the partnership between health sectors in countering the pandemic, promoting the health landscape and facing challenges.
WHO Director of Programs Department, Rana Hajjah, indicated that the WHO's vision in the region is universal health coverage and health security, by focusing on and empowering the ministry's leading role, and setting clear governance mechanisms in partnership with all relevant sectors.
In the panel, moderated by Princess Muna Al Hussein's advisor, Ruwaida Maaytah, experts recommended examining strengths and weaknesses of the Health Ministry during the pandemic, by considering the establishment of a body that will be an umbrella for all health sectors concerned with operation and management.
Experts, who represent various health sectors in Jordan, explained that health sector governance is the best solution to meet the sector's challenges, in order to mitigate the heavy burden on the Health Ministry. They also stressed the importance of developing sector clear policies, supporting the ministry through restructuring, formulating a mechanism for providing services and reorganizing the financial protection, which contributes to achieving comprehensive health care.
The WHO said that its five-day meetings, held during the 'Jordan Day', seek to create an enabling environment to ensure a resilient health system capable of dealing with current and future challenges, as well as promoting the ministry's supervisory role in coordination with various sectors in policy-making, financing and providing health services.
They also aim to develop a mechanism for a participatory governance of the health sector, with a focus on the ministry's leading role, as the WHO will conduct many side meetings and field visits throughout its mission duration to pave the way for further discussions and dialogues.

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