Health meeting remembers Chinese and Myanmar disaster victims
A minute's silence was held Monday in remembrance for those killed this month in the Myanmar cyclone and the Chinese earthquake as world health leaders gathered in Geneva for the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), reported dpa.
Both the Chinese and Myanmar delegates told the WHA meeting of their gratitude for the international response to the disasters that struck their countries.
Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu thanked the international community for the technical and material assistance China received in the aftermath of the May 12 quake, which is now estimated to have claimed at least 34,000 lives.
Myanmar Ambassador Wunna Maung Lwin said international aid had played a major part in the relief operation in his country.
The WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), representing 193 member states, is meeting for a week.
Preparation for an influenza pandemic, climate change and strategies to tackle alcohol abuse are some of the topics on the agenda.