SM receives WHO delegation in framework of ‘healthy cities’
July 14, 2021 / 9:43 PM
Sharjah 24:The Sharjah Municipality (SM) has welcomed a delegation from the World Health Organisation's Regional Office to review the municipality's standards for water, sanitation, food safety, and air pollution, as well as the Sharjah Health Authority's and the Executive Committee's criteria for expanding the scope of healthy cities. The standards were developed in collaboration with the government entities involved.
Based on the municipality's desire to support the file of expanding the scope of healthy cities and in line with the emirate's vision, as the first healthy city in the Middle East and North Africa, all relevant departments in the municipality were ready to acquire the standards according to the best methods and practices.
The delegation's visit included a tour of the Souq Al Jubail as an example for healthy marketplaces, according to Sheikha Nagla Ali Al Mualla, Director of the Municipality's Central Laboratories Department and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee for Expanding Sharjah's Health Cities.
The visiting delegation was briefed on the Sharjah Food Safety Programme, which is a success story that changed the behaviour of food customers and dealers in food outlets through best health practices and risk assessment, according to Omar Al Muhairi, Director of the Health Control and Safety Department.
The delegation was also informed about the municipality's supervisory role, which includes overseeing the control of fresh meat, vegetables, fruits, and fish entering the market and ensuring their validity, as well as overseeing shops selling fresh meat, vegetables, fruits, and fish during market hours on weekdays and holidays.
The delegation was accompanied on its tour of the municipality's food laboratory by Maryam Al Ali, head of the Food and Veterinary Laboratory Department, who informed the delegation’s members of the mechanism for analysing bottled and distributed drinking water in the city to ensure its quality and validity, allowing community members to obtain safe drinking water.
The visit also includes a tour of the municipal strategic partner and supporter of Sharjah Environment Company "Bee'ah; a tour of Bee'ah stations, services and projects as well as a visit to several facilities of the company, including the waste sorting plant and the Emirates Power Generation Facility, the first waste energy generation facility in the Arab world.