Saira Afzal Tarar witnesses signing ceremony of agreement between Health Ministry and NESPAK

Islamabad, January 12, 2018 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, said that This is the start of a small but strategically very significant milestone that is to build a central warehouse at national level which will meet not only the requirement of three priority communicable diseases but could also serve the purpose of warehousing and logistical support to other health programs. She was talking the signing ceremony of contract agreement between Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and NESPAK.

The Federal Minister said I would like to recall the year 2013, when this Ministry was created not only to execute federal health related functions but also to provide a common strategic vision for the health sector in Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan approved the National Health Vision 2016-25 and committed to achieve universal health coverage through efficient, equitable, accessible and affordable health services.

Minister said this warehouse should provide ‘state of the art’ warehousing and logistic support not only for the AIDS, TB and Malaria programs but should also become a role model for provinces for the best warehousing and logistic practices. Another objective which that would be achieved through this initiative is to integrate the supply chain management functions of the three national programs. This will not only ensure efficiency by avoiding duplication of activities but will also bring efficiency in available financial resources in the long term. Such saving we can be diverted towards other health needs in the country.

Minister said availability of essential medicines and supplies especially to the poorest people is an important indicator for the ‘Universal Health Coverage Index’ and this step would be an effort to ensure better performance of Pakistan in this area. She congratulated NESPAK for winning the contract for Engineering Consultancy Services for this warehouse. I am sure that NESPAK, which has been a leader, for over last many years, in the area of Engineering Services both at national or international level will deliver results in the shortest possible time while ensuring no compromise on the quality.

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