President Solih urges safe farming and public health measures

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaking at the official event to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD 2023). | Photo: President’s Office

On Friday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih urged farmers to adopt safe agricultural practices, preserve the natural environment, and embrace organic farming techniques to ensure public health and prevent the use of harmful fertilizers.

In his World Health Day 2023 message, the President highlighted the need for marine conservation, particularly in Maldivian waters, to guarantee food security.

President Solih recognized that World Health Day coincides with the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and acknowledged the WHO’s substantial contributions and assistance in promoting the healthcare sector in the Maldives since its inception.

He conveyed his appreciation to the WHO on behalf of the government and people of the Maldives.

Under the theme of “Health for All,” President Solih emphasized the significance of enhancing the public health sector in the Maldives and noted that the country’s public health services had achieved the most significant healthcare sector accomplishments.

Taking into account current lifestyle trends and advancements in the healthcare sector, the President called for the promotion of the public health sector.

He also highlighted the continuing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and described them as one of the most significant threats to people’s health and well-being, stressing the need for more studies to identify the underlying causes of the increase in NCDs in the Maldives.