Ministers of Health from more than a dozen Arab countries are meeting in Amman, the capital of Jordan, to discuss the health situation in Arab states.
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Background: Ministers of Health from more than a dozen Arab countries are meeting in Amman, the capital of Jordan, to discuss the health situation in Arab states.
Amongst the topics to be discussed at the conference is the alleged neglect by Israeli authorities of the health of Palestinians in Israeli occupied territories.
Arab Health Ministers have accused the Israeli government of deliberately "turning a blind eye" to the welfare of Palestinians in such territories. The Ministers allege that such neglect has caused a rapid deterioration in the standards of hygiene and health amongst the Palestinian populations in the occupied areas.
The Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Asad Alas'ad, said the health and welfare of the Palestinian people was of grave concern to the whole Arab world.
Another topic to be discussed during the five day conference is the subject of aid to Lebanon. The war torn country is in desperate need of medical assistance now that much of the fighting has did now. An increasing number of people are coming forward for the treatment of injuries sustained during the fighting.
The Iraqi Minister for Health, Dr. Izza Moustafa, told the delegates attending the conference that it was the responsibility of the entire Arab world to assist Lebanon in what he termed, "the medical crisis caused by the civil war".
The delegates are also due to discuss the standardisation of medical training and practice throughout the Arab world.
Among these attending the conference are representatives of the World Health Organisation, known as WHO.