PR No.224 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has stated that the government is working hard to eliminate polio from the country and urged the international community to be considerate toward Pakistan due to its peculiar conditions and lift travel restrictions imposed on it. The President expressed his optimism that Pakistan would soon be able to eradicate polio virus from its soil.

The President said this while talking to a delegation of Royal College of Physicians (RCP) headed by Dr. Peter Trewby, Associate International Director RCP, which called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr. Philip Barton was also present on the occasion.

The President said that the government accords high priority to health sector and in this regard is taking steps to improve healthcare infrastructure in the country. The President commended the efforts made by RCP to start the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) Exams in Pakistan. The President hoped that holding of MRCP Exams in Pakistan would not only benefit the Pakistani doctors but would also be beneficial for the doctors of the neighbouring countries. The President appreciated the role of RCP for maintaining professional standards of physicians around the world and said that the institution is serving the humanity effectively.

In a separate meeting with Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Coordinator General, COMSTECH, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday, the President stated that the government is committed for promotion of science and technology in the country and underlined the need to devise an effective strategy so that Pakistan continues to play a leading role in the realm of science and technology in Muslim World. Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan briefed the President about matters pertaining to COMSTECH.