Information for the press

The contact details below for the press officers at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport are intended for members of the media only. If you are not a journalist, please use the contact form or phone 1400 (Monday to Friday, 8.00 to 20.00). If you are calling from outside the Netherlands, please dial
+31 70 214 02 14.

Contact details for questions about the coronavirus (press only)

Contact details for questions about COVID-19 are given by topic, below. Outside office hours, spokespersons are available for urgent questions only. Please note that spokespersons can be out of office during the summer holidays. Their out of office period can be found below. You can also email your questions to: perscoronavirus@minvws.nl. Your questions will be dealt with during office hours.

You might find answers to your questions also in: Coronavirus COVID-19
 

Coronavirus-related topic

Spokesperson

Phone number

Testing

Axel Dees

+31 (06) 15 94 37 88

Coronavirus app / digital tools

Tom Kummel

+31 (06) 52 64 18 73

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Tom Elbersen

+31 (0)6 11 87 63 63

Pharmaceuticals

Tom Elbersen

+31 (0)6 11 87 63 88

Source and contact tracing

Axel Dees

+31 (06) 15 94 37 88

COVID-19 Dashboard

Daphne Kerremans

+31 (06) 11 53 74 90

Act laying down COVID-19 control measures 

Daphne Kerremans

+31 (06) 11 53 74 90

Vaccines and new treatments

Axel Dees

+31 (06) 15 94 37 88

IC capacity

Inge Freriksen

+31 (06) 15 36 93 50

Sports

Tom Elbersen

+31 (0)6 11 87 63 63

Caribbean parts of the Kingdom

Ruben van Dorssen

+31 (0)6 15 03 50 04

Hospitals and rehabilitation

Inge Freriksen

+31 (06) 15 36 93 50

Continuity of care

Inge Freriksen

+31 (06) 15 36 93 50

Nursing homes

Axel Dees

+31 (06) 15 94 37 88

Mental health care

Toon van Wijk

+31 (0)6 27 00 34 01 

Sheltered housing

Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

+31 (0)6 11 91 97 81

Homeless shelters

Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

+31 (0)6 11 91 97 81

Topics dealt with by other public bodies

Because of the high pressure of work, we do not answer questions on topics that fall under the remit of other public bodies. These topics and the organisations responsible are:

Spokespersons for Hugo de Jonge, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport

Daphne Kerremans

Out of office from 18th of July till 12th of August

M: +31 (0)6 11 53 74 90
E: da.kerremans@minvws.nl

  • Disability care
  • Labour market policy
  • Personal budget (PGB)
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Axel Dees

Out of office from 18th of July till 16th of August

M: +31 (0)6 15 94 37 88
E: aj.dees@minvws.nl

  • Elderly care
  • Social support
  • Medical ethical issues
  • Home-based nursing care

Tom Kummel

At the office during the summer holidays

M: +31 (0)6 52 64 18 73
E: tb.kummel@minvws.nl

  • Youth policy, the Youth Act and youth healthcare
  • Domestic violence and child abuse

Martijn Janssen

At the office during the summer holidays

M: +31 (0)6 11 37 61 21
E: martijn.janssen@minvws.nl

  • Corporate affairs

Spokespersons Tamara van Ark, Minister for Medical Care and Sport

Inge Freriksen

Out of office from 18th of July till 26th of July and from 3rd of August till 30th of August

T: +31 (0)70 340 65 62
M: +31 (0)6 15 36 93 50
E: i.freriksen@minvws.nl

  • Curative care
  • Healthcare system
  • Legal cannabis cultivation experiment

Karim Mostafi

Out of office from 3rd of July till 2nd of August

M: +31 (0)6 15 68 38 22
E: k.mostafi@minvws.nl

  • Health insurance
  • Control of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance
  • Food safety and product safety
  • Administrative burdens
  • Health protection
  • Labour market policy and training, and administrative burden

Tom Elbersen

At the office during the summer holidays

T: +31 (0)70 340 56 76
M: +31 (0)6 11 87 63 63
E: t.elbersen@minvws.nl

  • Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medical technology
  • Personal protective equipment
  • E-health/ IT in healthcare
  • Organ and blood donation
  • Sport

Tim Bennebroek

Out of office from 11th of July till 19th of July

M: +31 (0)6 44 93 65 66
E: tg.bennebroek@minvws.nl

Spokespersons for Paul Blokhuis, State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport

Ruben van Dorssen

Out of office from 18th of July till 23rd of August

T: +31 (0)70 340 53 87
M: +31 (0)6 15 03 50 04
E: ruben.vandorssen@minvws.nl

  • Prevention
  • Health promotion (lifestyle)
  • Community service
  • Ministry affairs relating to Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba

Toon van Wijk

Out of office from 24th of August till 4th of September

M: +31 (0)6 27 00 34 01 
E: aj.v.wijk@minvws.nl

  • Mental healthcare

Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

Out of office from 11th of July till 19th of July and from 31st of July till 9th of August

M: +31 (0)6 11 91 97 81
E: emilie.wvm@minvws.nl

  • Community shelter and assisted living
  • Recreational drugs (except cannabis)

Tom Wisseborn

Out of office from 18th of July till 9th of  August

M: +31 (0)6 11 78 43 62
E: tr.wisseborn@minvws.nl

  • War victims and former members of the resistance