Budapest (MTI) – The European Union is drafting several action plans on the proper use of antibiotics, on trans-fats contained by food products and on controlling chemicals that pose health hazards in an effort to boost public’s health, the EU’s health and food safety commissioner said in Budapest on Thursday.
Addressing a forum at the Budapest Economic University, Vytenis Andriukaitis noted that last year an estimated 25,000 people died as a consequence of developing resistance to antibiotics.
He also noted ongoing work in the EU in completing a study on the effects of trans-fats contained by food products, as well as on methods aimed at reducing them.
The commissioner emphasised the importance of the individual’s responsibility in preserving health and preventing illnesses.
Speaking at the forum, Zoltán Ónodi-Szűcs, Hungary’s state secretary for health, also emphasised the importance of prevention and individual responsibility in taking part in screening programmes.
He noted Hungary’s colon cancer screening programme starting in the second half of 2017 which is expected to cover 1.8 million people.
Ónodi-Szűcs also noted the Hungarian government’s measures aimed at reducing smoking and the introduction of a tax on unhealthy food products.
He said that hospital waiting lists had also been reduced with help of extra funding.