Pak prioritising universal health coverage

Islamabad—Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has called for greater emphasis on equity in access to health-care and people-centered set of universal and transformative goals and targets for the future. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she said, with strong focus on equity would serve to ensure that “no one is left behind”.
Addressing the 196-Nation World Health Assembly in Geneva, the minister said health was positioned as a major contributor to the other SDGs, and reciprocally benefited from progress towards them, according to a message received here from Switzerland on Tuesday.
The challenges we face, she said, were related to building health systems capable of providing integrated, people-centered care. She said addressing new health priorities without compromising existing programmes required careful balance.
The non-communicable diseases, she added, were becoming a global challenge in developed and developing countries alike. They would sooner or later overwhelm the existing health system capacities unless rapid investments were made in disease prevention and health promotion.—APP

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