Shahbaz addresses Punjab health road show in London
Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistani doctors have proved their mettle in the UK as well as in other countries of the world and added that Pakistani doctors, surgeons, physicians and health professionals working abroad are our great ambassadors. Today, Pakistan needs you and it is the need of the hour that you invest in health sector in the country and serve the countrymen, he added.
Extend your cooperation to the Punjab government for bringing improvements in health sector; country has given a lot to us and the time has come to return the same. Please move ahead and support the ailing humanity, as the Punjab government has needed the expertise, professionalism and cooperation of the international medical community for improving the healthcare system as time has come to return the debts of the nation, he further added. He was delivering his keynote address at the ceremony held in connection with Punjab Health Road Show in London.
He said the Punjab government has provided tremendous resources for the improvement of health and education sectors. It is following the policy of public private partnership for improving the health sector and this model has proved very successful. No nation or the society can move further without first improving the healthcare services and bringing improvements in the healthcare services is need of the hour to establish a healthy society on sustainable basis.
He said that he diagnosed with the fatal disease of cancer in 2003 when he was living in exile; with the blessings and due to the prayers of the people, I have been cured of this disease. Then, I realized that how the ordinary people having no resources can cope with his fatal disease and when I returned to Pakistan then I strived to improve the healthcare services because I and other members of the elite can access the best healthcare facilities inside and outside the country but it would remain a distant dream for the hoi polloi. The rationale of the creation of Pakistan was that everybody could have equal and equitable facilities of treatment, education and justice. Our forefather crossed the rivers of blood and fires to achieve this purpose and established a separate homeland. Your support is much needed to accomplish this mission, he added.
Though, other projects are also necessary to facilitate the people but health is the foremost important sector. My team has worked very efficiently, diligently and with sovereign commitment to improve the healthcare system in the Punjab. As a result, the province of Punjab is moving towards the right direction, he added and maintained that quite a number of challenges are still to be faced despite that and we want to overcome these challenges with your support. You support us and we shall provide you every sort of facility and a comprehensive business model will be evolved to move further. He said that Punjab government has adopted unique steps for improving the healthcare facilities and the health infrastructure has been made commensurate with the current needs.