GCC health undersecretaries share experiences in combating COVID-19

The undersecretaries of the ministries of health of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries held their 12th meeting to discuss the latest developments with regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting, which was held virtually, was based on the decision of the emergency meeting of health ministers in the GCC countries, which was held last March.

The meeting reviewed all the developments; related to COVID-19 and highlighted the new genetic mutation of the virus and the measures that have been taken by the GCC countries, as well as the proposals submitted for the upcoming period.

It also addressed the developments related to the COVID-19 vaccine and the experiences of each country in distributing the vaccine. Furthermore, exchanging information on the spread of the virus, mutagenesis, vaccines, and medical examinations have been discussed during the meeting.

The GCC health undersecretaries appreciated the considerable efforts exerted by the health workers; in treating the COVID-19 patients in the GCC countries, as well as their concrete contributions; in limiting the spread of COVID-19. They also praised the cooperation of the citizens, as well as official and voluntary authorities in these exceptional circumstances.

The undersecretaries urge all GCC citizens and residents to adhere to preventive safety measures such as wearing masks; avoiding gatherings, maintaining physical distance, and keeping hands clean.

They also stressed the importance of taking the information from reliable sources; and not to pay attention to rumors and unofficial social media channels.