Migration’s toll on Malta discussed in WHO meeting

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The challenges the health sector in Malta faces due to migration have been discussed during the European Regional Committee organised by the World Health Organisation, which was held in Rome. This was confirmed by Minister for Health Chris Fearne during the European Regional Committee, where he also confirmed that Malta is developing the National Health Strategy from 2020-2030, as according to Agenda 2030.

This national strategy outlines a number of priorities, amongst which there are mental and digital health in particular. Digital health refers to the adoption of technological innovations in terms of health. Minister Fearne stressed on the relevance that the internet of things, artificial intelligence and blockchains have on the health sector.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary since the declaration of Alma Ata on Health for Everyone, Malta recognises that primary health care is essential, and thus, work will involve strengthening such a service.

Minister Chris Fearne expressed satisfaction that migration in terms of the health sector in Malta was part of the discussion agenda during the meeting. “The way forward lies in solidarity”, he said during the meeting.