• Manila to host international forum on infectious diseases


    THE Philippines is hosting the 9th conference of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) that gathers health professionals, medical groups and researchers and city officials from major Asian cities.

    The event will be held from February 4 to February 6 at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City.

    Dr. Loida Labao, head of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office, said that the forum would take up current developments in the prevention of infectious diseases in Asia.

    “At least 130 delegates from different cities in Asia including the private sector are expected to attend the forum,” Labao said during MMDA’s weekly radio program.

    She said the forum, with the theme “Meeting City-Level Challenges to Achieve Millennium Development Goals on Infectious Diseases,” would provide an opportunity to the 13-member cities to exchange ideas and experiences in dealing with infectious diseases.

    “There will be exchange about ANMC21’s continuous efforts to stop the spread of diseases in the Asian region,” Labao added.

    The forum, now on its 9th year, will focus on relevant programs designed to control five infectious diseases in the region that saw outbreaks in recent years.

    These include the Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), dengue, leptospirosis and pandemic Influenza.

    Each member-city of ANMC21 will present recent medical updates and current policies to combat the further outbreak of infectious diseases and discuss possible joint research and surveys.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino earlier said that selected guests with knowledge and expertise on the topics would also be invited to foster learning and exchange of ideas.

    “They will provide additional insights into the trends, policies, challenges and innovative actions against infectious diseases,” Tolentino said.

    ANMC21, which organizes the annual ACMC and the Counter-measures to Combat Infectious Diseases in Asia, is an organization of Asia’s largest capital cities working together on issues such as urban planning, sustainability, and crisis management.


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