Performance of child care, health institutions to be enhanced

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Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi—The Punjab government with cooperation of UNICEF is working on the joint strategy to enhance the performance of institutions working on the child care and health. The focus is being made on the capacity building and training of social welfare officers so that they could be able to resolve social and psycology problems of children who have become victims of social injustice.
These views were expressed by Waheed Ansari Director General, Social welfare and Bait-ul-maal Punjab in the joint meeting of the social welfare department and UNICEF. Sarah Cleman, Chief Child Protection, UNICIF and Irshad Waheed, Director Social Welfare, also discussed salient features of the proposed action plan to be formulated to provide better care facilities to children in the Province through Social Welfare Department. Mr. Douglas G. Higgins, UNICEF, Chief of Field Office, Punjab Farrah Ilyas, Child Protection specialist, Punjab and Social Welfare Officers Amir Shahzad Shah, Suneela Hameed, also participated in deliberations.
Mr. Waheed Ansari said that Institutions of Social Welfare Department were taking care of children and with the support of UNICE, the standard of services could be further upgraded. He said that young generation is the future of Pakistan and their active participation in national development could only be ensured after equipping them with quality education and useful training.
On this occasion, Mr. Ansari also mentioned a number of initiatives adopted in the Province to impart training and social uplift of kids. He also appreciated valuable support of UNICEF for social sector in Punjab and expressed the hope that with the active participation and support of UNICEF, new programmes of child protection and care could be undertaken in future.