A delegation of Department of International Development calls on Minister of State for National Health Services

Islamabad, June 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): A delegation of the Department of International Development (DFID) called on the Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar here today.

The purpose of the visit was to facilitate caucus between the visiting DFID Chief Head of profession Mr. Neil Squires and Senior Health Advisor Mr. Desmond Whyms and the Honorable Minister of State.

The meeting focused on understanding better the role and responsibilities of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination. During the parleys the participants discussed ways and means of new intervention within the Health Sector. Special emphasis was laid on matters related to Health system Strengthening and future plans for the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).

Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, briefed the delegation on the prevailing post-devolution health sector scenario. The Minister Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar assured the delegation that accountability, transparency and efficiency will be the order of the day. She stressed the need for beefing up Health Awareness programs. She stated that it is her strong belief that prevention is better than cure.

The Minister apprised the delegation that with the newly defined role of this Ministry she hoped to see a marked improvement in coordination. The Minister stated that it is her ardent desire to hold a moot in the near future for engaging all donors/stakeholders so that routine immunization can be strengthened to the same level as Polio.

The DFID delegation suggested strengthening of the epidemiological picture of the country, a proposal which appreciated by all the participants. In closing the Minister thanked the delegation for DFID’s continued support and assured the delegation that the incumbent regime attaches great importance to the Health Sector and the well being of the common man.

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