National Consultative meeting on National Health Vision was held here today. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination chaired the meeting. Provincial Ministers of Health, Secretaries, concerned Federal ministries, Provincial and regional health department, Donor and UN agencies, Academia, Medical association, private sector and CSO participated in the meeting.

In her speech the Minister said National Vision of Health is in line with Pakistan’s Vision 2025 within the framework of post 18th Amendment Constitutional roles and responsibilities to improve the health and quality of life of all Pakistanis, particularly women and children, through access to essential health services. The Federal government fully understands that health is a Provincial subject and that provinces have varied needs and expectations regarding health. It is in this spirit of collaborative action to achieve common goals that the Federal ministry will support and facilitate the provinces in implementation of their strategies by providing relevant resources to ensure that UHC is a reality for all the citizens.

This is a guiding vision document which furnishes a road map to improve the health of all Pakistanis, particularly women and children, through universal access to quality essential health services, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, and delivered through resilient and responsive health systems. It has consonance with provincial & federal health policy frameworks, post devolution health sector strategies, and with international health treaties, commitments and regulations to which Pakistan is a signatory.

It is a unified vision to improve health of the people across the provinces, yet ensuring provincial autonomy and diversity. The vision document will help building coherence between Federal & Provincial efforts in consolidating the progress, learning from experiences and moving towards the universal health coverage.

Earlier, Provincial Ministers and Secretaries addressed the meeting and shared their views on taking the health sector forward.

All the province and Federating areas endorsed the documents and pledged to work together for better health. The document will be placed with CCI for final approval.