Pakistan – Federal Minister for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar terms the 64th Regional Committee meeting of WHO EMRO as a big achievement for Pakistan, which help the positive image of the country before the guest countries representatives.
She added that it will be helpful in enhancing the prestige and image of the country. The participant’s perceptions of Pakistan have changed. This regional conference has been hailed as one of the best held so far in the region that stretches from Pakistan and Afghanistan in South Asia to middle east and North Africa.
While speaking with Media, federal minister said that, “we have overcome to fatal diseases particular contracted to children and adolescent girls.
Federal minister was of the view that the conference has been unprecedented in terms of its scale with 21 countries participating led by Health Ministers and senior leaderships from the participating countries.
She said that Pakistan is moving forward towards complete eradication of Polio from Pakistan.
She informed that Pakistan has presented its key initiatives taken during the last four years in this regional conference. In the session on Social Protection Pakistan presented its Prime Minister’s National Health Program which is providing cashless high quality health services to the poorest of the poor. The initiative was highly appreciated as a model for social and health equity. Regional countries expressed keen interest in replicating this model in their respective countries.
Federal minister further added that Pakistan shared its progress in the Polio Eradication Initiative and elaborated the transition plan post eradication. Despite major challenges the country’s progress in stopping Polio was appreciated by the region.
Pakistan led Assistive Technology session calling upon countries of the region to ensure that Assistive Devices are available to all persons with disabilities. Upon Pakistan’s initiative the regional committee adopted declaration on assistive devices. It was agreed to include access to assistive technology as part of universal health coverage.
She maintained that it was decided that the first regional meeting on assistive devices will be convened in Pakistan which is a great honor for the country. A resource centre on assistive technologies will be established. Data on unmet needs of assistive technologies will also be collected. Pakistan will lead efforts to bring a resolution on assistive technologies in WHO Executive Board meeting being held in January 2018.
Improvements made by Pakistan in mother and child immunization were shared with the regional committee. Significant progress in up scaling coverage and ensuring sustainability of services was highly appreciated.