«Health starts on the plate», «the current crisis in food industry», «the health system budget», «the horror of hospital infections»
By Nir Gisser
These are just some of the topics that were main discussion on the annual Israel Medical Convention hosted here in «Binyanei Ha’Uma» and organized already a decade by Hadassah Medical Center and «Kol Ha’Ir» newspaper together with International Convention Center in Jerusalem.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told to the participants about him being a Vegetarian, and for years now mind to eat healthy.
Minister of Health Rabbi Yaakov Litzman proudly announced that today everybody knows two words in English: «Junk Food», also promised to go till the end in his struggle against industrialized food.
IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman expressed his deep concern regarding easiness of access to citizen’s medical records by business entities and in the future these might be hostile elements.
Prof. Itamar Raz, Chairman of the National Council for Diabetes and Chairman of «From Today» – Israeli Forum for a healthy lifestyle, compared sugar to smoking and emphasized sugar tremendous damage. Just as smoking, sugar is a major factor in morbidity and very addictive due to a strong boost by the industry.
Among speakers and guests at the conference in International Convention Center were: Jerusalem Mayor – Nir Barkat, Director General of the Ministry of Health – Moshe Bar Siman Tov, Director General of the Ministry of Social Affairs – Eliezer Yablon, Director General of the Hadassah medical Center -Professor. Zeev Rotstein, physicians, healthcare system officials, representatives of pharmaceutical companies and many others.