Islamabad, June 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): A delegation of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising Dr. Nima Abid, WHO representative and Elias Durry, emergency coordinator for Polio eradication WHO Pakistan, called on the Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar here Thursday.
The meeting focused on understanding the role and responsibilities of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination in a better way.
During the meeting the participants discussed ways and means of new intervention within the Health Sector. Special emphasis was given to matters related to Health System Strengthening and future plans for the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).
Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Mr. Imtiaz Inayat Elahi briefed the delegation about the prevailing post-devolution health sector scenario. The Minister stressed the need for beefing up Health Awareness programems. She said it was her strong belief that prevention is better than cure. The Minister apprised the delegation that with the newly defined role of this Ministry, she hoped to see a marked improvement in coordination.
The Minister stated that it is her ardent desire to hold a moot in the near future for engaging all donors/stakeholders to strengthen the health sector.
The Minister thanked the delegation for WHO’s continued support and assured the delegation that the incumbent regime attaches great importance to the Health Sector and the well being of the common man.
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