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OIC convenes virtual emergency meeting over COVID-19 Thursday

RIYADH – 5 April 2020: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency video conference meeting for the OIC steering ministerial committee on health on Thursday to address the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The virtual meeting is due to be held in tandem with the UAE, the current president of the seventh Muslim Health Ministers Conference, according to a statement published by the website of the OIC on Sunday.
The meeting comes in the light of the unprecedented challenges facing the member states in dealing with the COVID-19, OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said, pointing out that committee members will discuss the member states’ efforts to tackle the challenges sparked by the virus.
He further stated that the purpose of the meeting is to share and update information on the novel coronavirus, consult on the pandemic and develop strategies to slow down and contain its spread in the member states.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Maldives, Pakistan, Mauritania, Chad, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sudan are the members of the steering committee.
The committee also comprises representatives of the COMSTECH, SESRIC, the IsDB and ISESCO.
Its partners are WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the International Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the GAVI Alliance