Human Resource for Health (HRH) Vision 2018-30 developed by the Ministry of National Health Services, in consultation with the provincial departments of Health and other stakeholders was launched here at a ceremony on Sunday.
Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar was the chief guest on the occasion.Addressing the participants, the minister said that it is very heartening that the first ever National HRH vision has been developed in Pakistan with a great deal of dedication and through an inclusive consultative process.
She congratulated the officials of its ministry, all provincial ministries and departments, private sector, development partner and all stakeholders.
She said a well trained and motivated health workforce forms the basis for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and is a key to the attainment of the Pakistan Vision 2025, the National Health Vision (NHV) 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda.
The minister further said the health workforce in Pakistan is the backbone of health systems and economic growth, adding that well functioning health systems ensure health societies which then become an engine for economic development.
“A sick society never comes out of the vicious circle of poverty” she said.
The minister said investments in health worksforce and related professions have also produced millions of decent jobs opportunities in the country, which continues to contribute in the economic development.
However, the grave shortage of qualified health professionals and workers has restricted the progress in the health sector and is one of the main reasons for poor health outcomes and consequential development, the minister said.—APP