OTTAWA, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Public health risks in one part of the world can threaten the health of people worldwide.That's why protecting the health of Canadians, and populations around the world, requires a global and collaborative approach to preventing, detecting and responding to health threats.
On Friday, March 9, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor,
This initiative brings together health ministers and representatives from other countries and the World Health Organization annually to share experiences and best practices. Through this endeavour, global partners explore joint actions to strengthen global health preparedness and response to pandemic influenza as well as biological, chemical and radio-nuclear terrorism threats.
In particular, discussions centred on public health measures that can be taken early in a pandemic to slow the spread of illness before pharmaceutical treatments, such as vaccines, might become available. Ministers also explored challenges and best practices to effectively communicating with the public during health emergencies, when the situation may be uncertain and information can change rapidly.
While in London, Minister Petitpas Taylor also participated in events on the margins of the GHSI meeting to learn about health initiatives underway in the UK and to share Canada's perspectives and experiences on mental health and opioids. These events included:
The Minister also met with Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, the UK's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, and the Minister for Sport, Gambling, Civil Society and Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, on a number of domestic and international health issues.
"The Global Health Security Initiative is an important network through which countries can work together to prevent, detect and respond to global health risks. Infectious diseases, such as influenza, could rapidly progress from a community-wide outbreak to a worldwide pandemic. That's why we have to take a global approach to protect the health of Canadians and the health of people around the world."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
Communiqué: 18th ministerial meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative Government of Canada Emergency Preparedness and Response Government of Canada Mental Health and WellnessCanada.ca/opioids
SOURCE Health Canada
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