PR No. 244 Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar Addresses World Health Assembly in Geneva Islamabad

Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar addressed the opening session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. The Minister shared Pakistan’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and expressed the resolve to make concerted efforts to provide Universal Health Coverage in the country. She said under the leadership of  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, a landmark Prime Minister National Health Program to provide quality health services to the poorest of poor was launched and is being successfully implemented in phases across the country. Under the program so far over one million families in the length and breadth of Pakistan have been provided top quality treatment against various major ailments.

Our National Health Vision is a key policy achievement after adoption of Sustainable Development Goals providing an enabling framework to address critical health challenges including communicable and non communicable diseases, maternal and child health issues and malnutrition.

She said Pakistan has made tremendous progress in stopping transmission of Polio virus with the lowest ever case count reported in the history of the campaign. 20 cases in 2016 and 2 cases so far this year was major progress.

Prime Minister’s National Health Program as a unique model for providing Universal Health Coverage won appreciation at the World Health Assembly.