WHO cooperation

Working relationship between WHO and Pakistan, cooperation and assistance being provided under different programmes for addressing health concerns and improving provision of healthcare facilities were discussed at some length when WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad the other day.
The PM told Mr. Ghebreyesus that Pakistan had made significant achievements in healthcare which are duly acknowledged by international technical forum, country’s national health vision is fully aligned to achieve goals under health-related Sustainable Development Goals, number of major reforms undertaken in health sector including the Prime Minister’s National Health Programme providing free of cost quality healthcare to the underprivileged and reiterated strong commitment to the goal of polio eradication.
The PM told the WHO chief that Pakistan is looking forward to continue working closely with the WHO for effectively combating diseases, disabilities and equitable provision of health services. The WHO Director General thanked the PM for hospitality and the federal government for hosting the 64th WHO Regional Committee meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Region and assured his Organization’s continued assistance and cooperation to Pakistan for tackling its health problems.
The mega health event, for which WHO Director General along with several other Ministers and dignitaries from 22 different countries were here, was held in Islamabad under auspices of the Federal Health Ministry from October 9 to 12. Quite obviously, holding of this important event and presence of Ministers and health experts from the member countries and interaction with them at the appropriate high level will help in increased cooperation in health sector and boosting of mutual cooperation for tackling the health problems faced by the people. By hosting such a moot, Pakistan has certainly attained a lot most of which will become visible in the near future.
M Z RIFAT
Lahore

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