Bangkok: The WHO has brought together parliamentarians from Southeast Asia to discuss challenges and strengthen the public health system at a three-day conference of member nations starting here Monday.The conference deals with the rising burden of non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, public health emergencies and protecting health from climate change."We tend to be concerned with health only when disease or sickness strikes. This is as true for individuals as it is for policymakers and healthcare providers," Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO`s regional director for Southeast Asia, said in a statement from the global health body."With the skyrocketing costs of medical care, if we focus more on keeping our populations healthy, we will not only enhance human productivity but also considerably reduce financial resources needed for setting up expensive diagnostic and curative facilities," added Plianbangchang.
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