Iranian Minister for Health and Medical Education, Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi, has been appointed as the World Health Organization’s commissioner for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Deputy Health Minister Mohsen Asadi Lari confirmed the news on Saturday, saying that non-communicable diseases are the main cause of 75 percent of deaths in Iran.
“The WHO attaches great significance to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases,” he was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by IRIB News Agency.
“To this effect, the WHO has formed a high commission consisting of delegations from 22 member states,” he said.
According to Asadi Lari, the commission, headed by four presidents and ministers, is expected to lead joint projects to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in the world.
He noted as a pioneering country in prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, Iran has signed a leading document aimed at eradicating the diseases.
The deputy minister then said the WHO has repeatedly cited Iran as one of the leading and successful countries that have managed to significantly prevent and control non-communicable diseases.
“A report on Iran’s achievements in this field is expected to be presented to the United Nations’ General Assembly in 2018,” he concluded.