Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | 06:29 WIB

Health Ministers of Indonesia and Netherlands Discuss Cooperation Plans

Health Ministers of Indonesia and Netherlands Discuss Cooperation Plans (kemenkes)

GENEVA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Minister of Health Nila F Moeloek has conducted a bilateral meeting with Minister of Health of the Netherlands Bruno Johannes Bruins on the sidelines of the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Minister of Health, who was accompanied by the Director General of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, discussed a number of topics, including about family doctors, antimicrobial resistance, and elderly health.

Nila said the Netherlands is very well known for its family doctor program. They conduct consultations using sophisticated techniques, as well as maintaining patient data very well.

"We see, the primary health care as a gate keeper. Cervical cancer screening can be done at the public health center. The community does not have to go to a place that is farther away but can be closer to the health center or Independent Clinic," Minister Nila said in written statement that Netralnews received on Tuesday (05/21/2019).

On this occasion the two Ministers also discussed the planned meeting on antimicrobial resistance to be carried out in the Netherlands in June. Minister of Health Nila is grateful for the willingness of the Netherlands to host the event and make Indonesia the co-chair of this meeting.

"We hope that this conference will generate ideas and recommendations as well as control over antimicrobial resistance at the global level," she said.

According to Nila, in this meeting, the two countries agreed to promote the development of 3 fields of cooperation, namely strengthening the health system with a focus on medical care for the elderly; Control of infectious diseases, including anti-microbial resistance; and Global Health security.

Minister of Health emphasized that the important thing was to implement the MoU. "What's important is how to implement it in Indonesia. So it's not just us discussing for theory but action, "said Minister of Health.