The Minister for Finance Prof. Edward Scicluna met with Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region Office Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, and discussed the priorities of the local health sector.
Prof. Scicluna’s meeting with Ms Zsuzsanna took place as part of a number of consultative meetings with various Government ministries and entities regarding how best Malta can make use of the assistance and expertise of the World Health Organisation in addressing its own health sector priorities.
Ms Zsuzsanna noted that Malta has all the right policies in place, and that lasting and tangible results can be achieved through targeted adequate investments that can support the envisaged efforts.
Prof. Scicluna and Ms Zsuzsanna discussed the need for investment in health prevention and avoidance measures so as to curtail the emergence of chronic and cardiovascular disease in a population which then results in health service expenditure pressures.
They also discussed the importance of an inter-sectoral approach to the appraisal and prioritisation of spending in the health sector, in the interest of ensuring that resources are allocated a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
– Friday, 19th December, 2014