'Nepal to adopt SDGs in reconstruction works'

KATHMANDU: Minister for Health Ram Janam Chaudhary expressed his commitment that Nepal would adopt the Sustainable Development Goals in its post-earthquake reconstruction works.

Addressing the 69th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on Wednesday, Chaudhary said the health sector would also be reformed in line with the SDGs, Nepal's Permanent Mission in Geneva said in a statement today.

He also expressed his belief that the move towards federalism would be an opportunity to restructure the health sector to make it more responsive, effective and community-friendly.

"Our health policy and five year strategic health plan have given strategic directions to reform the health sector of the country in line with the SDG principle of leaving no one behind," said Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, briefly outlining the political achievements including the making of Constitution here, Minister Chaudhary said that the country was still trying to build consensus to reflect the aspirations of the diverse population groups.

On sidelines of the Assembly, Minister Chaudhary held a bilateral meeting with Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka Rajitha Senaratne and discussed issues of mutual concern including those about the Second Global Consultation going to be held in Sri Lanka in October this year.

Similarly, Chaudhary had held another meeting with Iruthisham Adam, Minister of Health of the Maldives. Their discussions focused on the possibility of recruiting Nepali doctors in the Maldives, continuation of training opportunities for medical professionals, possibility to collaborate in organising medical camps in the Maldives and various other issues of mutual interest, according to the statement.

He had also talked with candidates for the WHO Director General. The UN body is electing its DG during the 70th World Health Assembly next year.