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May 19, 2009 12:26 ET

Minister Aglukkaq Addresses the 62nd World Health Assembly

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today underlined the important role Canada continues to play in the global response to the H1N1 outbreak.

"Canada is pleased to have contributed to the global response to H1N1. We supported Mexico in testing samples at our National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The lab also completed the genome sequencing of the Canadian and Mexican samples, which gives the world a better understanding of the new virus," Minister Aglukkaq told health ministers from around the world in her address during the plenary session of the 62nd World Health Assembly.

"Our Government continues to collaborate with our partners in Canada and around the world to respond to the situation at home and internationally," said Minister Aglukkaq, who led the Canadian delegation to the Assembly. "Our preparedness continues to be important for global health security. These sessions enhance our knowledge of the impact of the outbreak."

Minister Aglukkaq joined Health Ministers from Mexico and the United States in a special session where they described their experiences responding to the H1N1 outbreak.

In addition to providing the Assembly with an overview of Canada's public health response to the H1N1 crisis, Minister Aglukkaq highlighted the importance of long-term health issues that need to be addressed to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. For example, improving access to primary health care in developing countries.

During the Assembly, Minister Aglukkaq met with Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, and health ministers from China, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Afghanistan, Brazil and the United States. They discussed a number of public health issues in addition to global health security and opportunities for working together in the future.

The World Health Assembly is the main governing body of the World Health Organization, representing over 190 countries.

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