MMDA to host int'l meet on infectious diseases prevention in February

January 2, 2014 7:10 am 

By C. Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will host another international forum this coming February to discuss current developments in the prevention of infectious diseases in Asia.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the three-day annual conference will be held starting Feb. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel in Ortigas Ave., Quezon City.

It will gather health professionals, various medical associations, medical researchers, and city officials of the 13-member-cities of Asian Network of Major Cities (ANMC) 21

He said the forum, with the theme “Meeting City-Level Challenges to Achieve Millennium Development Goals on Infectious Diseases,” is the 9th Annual Conference of the ANMC 21 on Counter-measures to Combat Infectious Diseases in Asia.

"Once again, we at the MMDA are honored to lead this international conference. We are hoping to learn and contribute in ANMC 21’s continuous efforts to stop the spread of diseases in the Asian region,” Tolentino said.

The MMDA recently hosted the 11th Asian Crisis Management Conference (ACMC).

Now on its 9th year, the 2014 Counter-measures to Combat Infectious Diseases in Asia forum will focus on relevant programs to control five infectious diseases in the region that seemed to be on the outbreak in recent years – the Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), HIV/AIDS, Dengue, Leptospirosis, and Pandemic Influenza.

The MMDA chief said each member-city of ANMC 21 will present recent medical updates and current policies to combat the further outbreak of infectious diseases and discuss possible joint researches and surveys.

“To foster learning and exchange of ideas, we will also invite selected guests with knowledge and expertise on the topics to provide additional insights into the trends, policies, challenges, and innovative actions against infectious diseases,” Tolentino said.

ANMC 21, 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.

It was advocated in August 2000 by then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara.

ANMC21 member-cities are Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metropolitan Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar, and Yangon. (PNA)

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