Budapest, June 24 (MTI) – Cooperation and sharing skills and experience is crucial in further developing health services in the military, Defence Minister Csaba Hende said in his opening address to the Force Health Protection NATO Conference in Budapest today.
Health development is a key area in NATO planning, the minister said, adding that the conference, organised by NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine in Budapest will be a good opportunity to review future military health developments planned in member countries.
Speaking before over 200 representatives of 26 countries, the minister referred to Hungarian troops’ contribution to local health developments and increasing security in Afghanistan. Their experience will contribute to more efficient health services both in and outside the military, he added.
Current economic conditions make it necessary for nations to cooperate in technology and health development and identify the most efficient solutions, Hende said and voiced pride in Hungarian experts’ contributing to that cooperation.
Among subjects to be discussed at the conference Hende mentioned health protection, public health, health risk assessment, tropical diseases, employment and environmental health risks, preventive medicine, vaccination, pest control, food and water hygiene, and epidemic protocols.