G20 Health Ministerial Meeting in Argentine

The meeting started with the agenda of “child obesity” and drug-resistant microorganisms.”

Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca went to Mar del Plata to attend Health Ministerial Meeting hosted by Argentine, G20 Term President. Health Minister Koca was welcomed by Meral Barlas, Ambassador of Turkey to Buenos Aires.

Child obesity and antimicrobial resistance (drug-resistant viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungus) threatening the global health will be discussed as the main themes of the two-day summit. Obesity figures announced every year have reached dramatic limits that require urgent adoption of measures especially by the developed countries. Drug-resistant microorganisms, on the other hand, may cause severe losses in case of an epidemic. In addition to these two important topics, “health systems strengthening and response to epidemics” will also be discussed at the G20 Health Ministerial Meeting.

On the first day of the meeting, Dr. Fahrettin Koca held bilateral meetings with Health Ministers of Argentine, Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. During the meetings, the parties discussed cooperation possibilities in the field of medicine and medical devices technology and health tourism. Health Minister Dr. Koca then attended the official dinner hosted by Argentinian Health Minister Adolfo Rubinstein.

On the second day of the meeting, heads of delegations will present their papers on “Consensus Building for Equitable and Sustainable Development”. Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca will deliver two speeches on the role of inappropriate use of antibiotics in increasing bacteria resistance and child obesity.  Following the family photo, antimicrobial resistance simulation will be made in the afternoon session. The simulation targets development of an integrated perspective for human health, animal health and food systems in the context of “single health approach”.

“G20 Health Ministers Declaration” that will be finalized during this meeting shall be announced at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November – 1 December. 

Updated: 04/10/2018