Informal meeting of Ministers for Health: extracts from the press conference
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/04/2008
As part of Slovenia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Slovenian Ministry of Health hosted an Informal Meeting of Ministers for Health at Brdo pri Kranju on 17-18 April 2008.
The EU Ministers discussed structured cooperation between the Council and the European Commission as the key to achieving EU Health Strategy goals and to resolving other strategic EU health issues. In cooperation with the Member States, the Presidency drafted a proposal for a structure to enable strategic cooperation.
The second day of the meeting, 18 April , was devoted to an exchange of opinions between the Ministers on ways to ensure a systematic approach to setting priorities and monitoring the achievement of objectives under the European Union's first comprehensive health strategy in the field of public health and health care. The Ministers also discussed antimicrobial resistance. Excessive use of antibiotics has accelerated the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other micro-organisms, which is why we are today faced with the problem that certain conventional treatments have lost their efficiency.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||Arrival of Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Slovenian Minister for Health and President in office of the Council, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health (2 shots)
||Zofija Mazej Kukovič (in SLOVENIAN) saying that we are creating an environment in which antibiotics are not having an effect any more; that means they have become resistant to various bacteria, which are caused by climate change, migrations and lack of cleanliness; all this causes new very dangerous diseases; when it comes to resistance, we must realize that bacteria travel all over the world, that they do not recognize borders
||Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that four million people have infections, health care infections, every year in the European Union; and out of these four million, 35,000 people die; this is an even more important health peril than road accidents; so, this shows that they have to take real action; they have seen from the statistics and data that in many countries they reported an increase in the anti-microbial resistance, but that in some countries there were good results and decrease; why? because they have adopted national strategy and national action to fight it;
on cancer; saying that it is a sector that they cannot be complacent with; cancer is still with us; it is one of the most important perils for health; and they have to continue their efforts in this direction, especially on preventative measures
||Zofija Mazej Kukovič (in SLOVENIAN) saying that when it comes to antibiotics, at this moment, there is not enough motivation in the pharmaceutical industry to develop antibiotics as intensively as resistance to antibiotics is developing
||Cutaways (4 shots)