COP28: Egypt’s Minister of Health calls on financing institutions to support health authorities in addressing climate change

Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar Egypt's Minister of Health, emphasised the importance of increasing financial support for health institutions in order to adapt to and deal with the climate change fallout. He also noted that the health sector receives as little as 0.6 percent of contributions in developing countries, including Egypt, with the greatest burden falling on developed industrial countries. He called for the need to increase contributions from financial institutions and top carbon-emitting countries to help affected countries. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the sidelines of his participation in the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), Abdel Ghaffar praised the UAE's allocation of a full day covering health on the agenda of COP28, a first in COP history. The Egyptian Minister of Health pointed out that human health is affected by weather fluctuations, floods, hurricanes, and climate changes such as desertification and water scarcity, and that high temperatures lead to malnutrition, as well as facilitate the spread of many diseases and disease-carrying vectors. Source: Emirates News Agency

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