The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Representative to Maldives Dr Nazneen Anwar on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
During the meeting held at the President’s Office, President Solih expressed gratitude to Dr Anwar for the exemplary efforts of WHO.
He added that the support extended by the organization to Maldives during the COVID-19 pandemic was crucial.
Meanwhile, Dr Anwar commended Maldives for executing well-timed, strategic interventions against the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving the vaccination goal of reaching 70 percent of the population, noting that it was well ahead of other countries in the region.
Also speaking at the meeting, President Solih highlighted the cooperation from the WHO in providing support for vulnerable groups and people suffering from substance abuse, adding that psychological support is an area where the Maldives needs to focus more.
Additionally, Dr Anwar spoke of the shortage of trained and experienced psychiatrists for mental health patients throughout the region, noting that the WHO-led Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) is designed to address the concern.
She stated that WHO is working with the Ministry of Education on a pilot project to create awareness among students. She further stressed the significance of incorporating such programs within the curriculum and said that several new initiatives focused on the school level.
President Solih stated that Maldives highly values the relationship with the WHO. In this regard, Dr Anwar expressed her gratitude for the Maldives’ hospitable and conducive working environment.