Health Desk—Sept 18, 2017: The One Health concept is “important” for Bangladesh to face emerging diseases most of which have links with animals and environment, WHO’s Representative in Dhaka said on Sunday.
Dr N Paranietharan explaining One Health, however, stressed on the implementation of the revised ‘one health strategy and action plan’ in Bangladesh.
He was talking to media on the sidelines of the ninth One Health conference in Dhaka.
Health Minister Mohammed Nasim inaugurated the two-day conference with the presence of representatives from the ministries of livestock, fisheries, forest and environment.
Representatives of the UN agencies and the US embassy in Dhaka were also present at the inauguration of the conference that brought together government officials, experts, and scientists of the health, environment and forest, and livestock ministries.
This concept was introduced in 2007 in Bangladesh and is being seen as the key tool to respond to emerging diseases such as avian influenza, anthrax, and chikungunya.
The WHO Representative, Paranietharan, told that in one health they talk about human health interacting with animal health as well as environmental health.