The joint meeting of Ministers of Health and Finance on global granting of medical services in the Asian-Pacific region took place in a video format on Thursday, September 17.
The Turkmen delegation at the meeting organised by the Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization and the Ministry of Finance of Japan, was headed by Minister of Finance and Economy Muhammetgeldi Serdarov. The Ministry of Health from the country was represented by the head of Department of Financial Reporting Sahetmammet Sahetmammedov.
Over the last 50 years the countries of the Asian-Pacific region have achieved big successes in improvement of health of population. In all regions average life expectancy has been increased more than by 25 years, children’s death rate has decreased by 83 %, and prevention of death rate from infectious diseases and pregnancy complications was sharply reduced.
The pandemic COVID-19 with all evidence has let know that, despite these impressing achievements of system of public health services and economy remain vulnerable to external threats. At the same time, population ageing, fast urbanization, growth of NCD, climate change and threat of occurrence of new infectious diseases still create problems for achievement of good health and economic prosperity.
Both in reply to COVID-19, and in progress in the field of general coverage by public health services cooperation between public sectors is necessary, it was marked at the meeting. Ministers of Health urged to play a pivotal role in increase of efficiency of expenses on public health services, and Ministers of Finance bear responsibility for formation of the policy of steady financing of system of public health services and maintenance of co-ordinated approach.
The present symposium should help to strengthen this general understanding in the world after COVID-19. Ministers of finance and public health services have shared the lessons taken from the pandemic at the meeting, and have discussed mechanisms of financing for successful reaction on COVID-19, following steps on investment in public health services.
The pandemic coronavirus disease has shown indissoluble communication between health and economic development. It also has revealed fragility of systems of public health services all over the world. As the countries are restored after COVID-19, heads of public health services and finance should unite for restoration of steady systems, in common supporting general coverage by public health services.
Progress in this direction not only will make systems of public health services more sympathetic to current and arising requirements, but also will provide fast restoration of economy and will provide protection against the future unexpected shocks, the basic conclusions of the ministerial meeting were that.
The pandemic COVID-19 is the crisis not similar to any another in contemporary history. The Asian Development Bank predicts that because of it three quarters of its developing member countries will test economic recession in 2020.
As the governments weaken and cancel restrictions, the way to restoration for many economies of the region will be slow and uncertain. Hence, it is necessary for countries to keep vigilance, supporting the strengthened measures of restraint of pandemic, such as testing, tracing of contacts and effective isolation, in a tandem with renewal of economic and social activity.
Though the big uncertainty concerning duration and gravity of crisis COVID-19 remains, the governments and international partners in development have quickly mobilised financing for reaction to emergency situations and for maintenance of macroeconomic stability.
АDB has allocated 20 billion dollars for support of the countries in fighting with COVID-19 and restoration. To bring a contribution to long-term stability, these investments should be co-ordinated with wider efforts on strengthening of systems of public health services in each concrete country. Despite a long way ahead, the new accent on interdependence of health and economic stability opens unprecedented possibility for progress achievement on a way to the steadier Asian-Pacific region.