On 9th December Expocentre Fairgrounds hosted the opening of the International Scientific and Practical Forum Russian Health Care Week delivered by the State Duma of the RF Federal Assembly Federation Council, the Russian Ministry of Health Care and Expocentre ZAO. The forum is being held with support from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Moscow City Government, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Russian Chapter of the World Health Organization.
The Forum is an event of national importance. Welcome addresses to the delegates of the forum have been sent in by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian government officials and public activists.
Addressing the audience on behalf of the Russian State Duma and its Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, Nikolai Gerasimenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Health Care and Co-Chair of the Russian Health Care Week Steering Committee said, ‘This forum is special: it is a national event. This is the first time the forum has been co-located with the Russian Health Care Week, which, for the first time, alongside innovations in diagnostics will be showcasing equipment and technologies for preventing noncommunicable diseases, and wellness technologies and equipment’. He stressed that the key objective of the forum is ‘to drive a shift in the health care paradigm from treatment-focused to preventive care’.
Deputy Minister of Health Care of the Russian Federation Tatyana Yakovleva read a welcome address from Minister Veronika Skvortsova . Ms Yakovleva noted that the National Programme for the Development of the Russian Health Care System to 2020 set out the priorities for the development of the sector. And the central objective was to boost efficiency of primary care, with the main focus on preventive care and improvement of lifestyles rather than curative care alone. An essential tool to achieve this goal is preventive health examinations of the population; the current one has been running since 1 January 2013. The Deputy Minister added: ‘We want every individual to know the state of their health, while the government authorities should provide conditions for healthy living, and society should be intolerant of any self-destructive behaviors from unhealthy eating to bad habits’.
Sergei Katyrin, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes that the Russian Health Care Week’2013 is a unique event in many respects. It has been prepared by the Russian legislative and executive authorities in association with business people. Other factors that make the event stand out are its contents, encompassing a wide range of discussion points, and a great number of participants. The most important thing according to Mr Katyrin is that nearly 1500 or 70% of participants in the Russian Health Care Week are Russian companies, which reveals the interest of Russian business in the health care and wellness sectors.
The Russian Health Care Week has always been held at Expocentre Fairgrounds. Director General of Expocentre ZAO Sergei Bednov noted that the Forum had put together a constellation of trade shows and conferences featuring health care, healthy living and pharmacology. This year the venue is presenting 1222 companies from across Russia and 42 countries including 10 national pavilions on the show floor of 50 000 sqm. The Director of Expocentre said that they expected 40 000 visitors to attend the forum, with 95% of them being industry professionals.
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