Federal Health Minister tells Press Conference in Davos that Government successfully introduced unprecedented health sector initiatives and reforms in last four and a half years

Islamabad, January 26, 2018 (PPI-OT):Federal Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar who is accompany the Prime Minister at World Economic Forum in Davos told a Press Conference addressed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday in Davos that federal government in the last four and a half years achieved major health sector reforms with no precedent in the last seventy years. She said immunization program for children and mothers in Pakistan was on upward trajectory and Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization has presented Pakistan as a model country for undertaking sweeping reforms to improve the efficiency and coverage of immunization program.

She said Pakistan’s support from Global Fund and GAVI are products of World Economic Forum. She highlighted the successful implementation of The Fund-Single Streamline Funding Round of 10 grants worth US Dollars 30.2 million. She said the country secured 52 million US Dollars to implement the Malaria interventions in 48 endemic districts of Pakistan under New Funding Model of The Global Fund.

Federal Health Minister shared that Pakistan has launched its largest ever health program for the poor and marginalized the Prime Minister’s National Health Program which is a model for others to emulate and is providing best quality health services to 3.1 million families across Pakistan and is in the process of covering the entire population living below the poverty line. The country despite immense challenges has had its lowest ever cases last year and is close stopping poliovirus transmission.

Federal Minister informed the forum that tremendous progress has been achieved towards eradicating polio which has been acknowledged by highest monitoring bodies like Independent Monitoring Board and Technical Advisory Group. She said though health is a devolved subject under the 18th constitutional amendment, the federal government took major initiatives to mobilize resources, regulate the health sector and coordinate with the provinces to achieve shared goals and standardized services. National Health Vision in line with Sustainable Development Goals was major landmark that provided strategic direction to all stakeholders including Provincial Governments.

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