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October 24 2021 5:37 AM ˚

Health minister: Smoking a top health challenge in Eastern Med

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AMMAN — Minister of Health, Firas Hawari, said the smoking problem in the region, in particular Jordan, is a key health challenge in the Eastern Mediterranean region, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Addressing the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, which kicked off remotely Tuesday, Hawari said that the number of smokers in Jordan began to reach "unprecedented" levels. Male smokers exceeded 80 percent in terms of prevalence and compulsory exposure to passive smoking.

Noting the "multifaceted" nature of the smoking problem, he said this challenge can only be resolved through a high-level and joint commitment by various sectors.

Hawari called on all partners and stakeholders to develop the region's health systems, as the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of focusing on primary health care systems, as well as mental and disability-oriented health care.

The minister also called for supporting working medical staff and maintaining their safety, which constitute "a fundamental" pillar of the health sector.

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