PR No.342 Islamabad: March 31, 2017.

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that actions against terrorists under operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad have helped in controlling the polio virus in the country. He stated that the Prime Minster has undertaken important measures to improve healthcare facilities which is producing positive results.

The President said this while talking to Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Mahmoud Fikri who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday. Minister of State for National Health Services, Coordination & Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that eradication of terrorism will help in eliminating polio disease from the country. The President emphasized Pakistan’s commitment to root out polio and appreciated the support of WHO in this regard. Praising the Prime Minister’s National Health Programme, he said that the Government is undertaking important steps under the leadership of Prime Minister for provision of basic health facilities.

The President lauded Minister of State for National Health Services, Coordination & Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar for working with dedication on the vision of Prime Minister for improving the health sector. The President acknowledged the support provided by WHO in the health sector which aided in preventing diseases and overcoming the health related issues in Pakistan and expressed the hope that WHO would keep extending its support in future also.

Appreciating the efforts of Government of Pakistan for eradicating polio and other diseases, Regional Director, WHO Dr. Mahmoud Fikri said that the health card scheme under Prime Minister’s National Health Programme will be very useful in providing medical facilities and treatment to common man.

He assured the President that WHO will extend all possible assistance to the Government of Pakistan in its endeavours to improve its health sector.