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28 February 2020, 18:23

Belarus, Russia to set up working group to address sanitary, epidemiological issues

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MOSCOW, 28 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia agreed to set up a joint working group to efficiently address sanitary and epidemiological issues. This matter was in focus of a joint session of the Belarusian Healthcare Ministry board and the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), BelTA learned from the Rospotrebnadzor website.

“The parties decided to create a joint Belarus-Russia working group to efficiently address issues concerning sanitary and epidemiological regulation, including preliminary consultations. The working group is expected to include representatives of relevant agencies and scientific institutions of the two countries,” the message reads.

The main goal of sanitary and epidemiological regulation is to set requirements for ensuring people's health and healthy environment and prevent outbreaks and spread of diseases. “Participants of the session discussed important matters of bilateral cooperation in this field,” Rospotrebnadzor said.

The parties agreed that despite their unified approaches to the structure of human environment, there are differences in regulation of some of its factors. “We need to continue the consistent transition to a common harmonized policy in sanitary and epidemiological regulation,” Rospotrebnadzor stressed.

“The parties confirmed mutual intent to continue joint work, intensify cooperation, and exchange information,” Rospotrebnadzor added.

The session was co-chaired by Belarus' Deputy Health Minister – Chief Sanitary Doctor Natalya Zhukova and Rospotrebnadzor Head – Russia's Chief State Sanitary Physician Anna Popova.

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