Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019
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Pak Iran agree to boost cooperation in diverse areas of health

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Tehran: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza has said that PTI’s government is ambitious to provide healthcare facilities to all the people of the country without any discrimination at their footstep.

He was talking to Minster for Health and Medical Education of Iran Saeed Namaki on the sidelines of the 66th Session of Regional Committee Meeting of WHO, which is attended by health ministers and high level delegates of eastern Mediterranean region of WHO comprising 22 countries. Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr. Nausheen Hamid was also present on the occasion.

Dr Zafar Mirza highlighted various reforms initiated by present government in the health sector including key initiatives like social health protection which is being extended in phases to all eligible families across Pakistan.

At the outset, Dr. Zafar Mirza mentioned the centuries old civilzational, cultural and religious ties between the two nations and the need to further translate them in to stronger cooperation for the welfare of the people. He made special mention of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to establish a welfare state modeled on the State of Madina, of which better health for the people, is an important component. He recalled that after taking office his first visit along with Prime Minister Imran Khan was that of Iran and that the first document he had signed was MOU of Cooperation in the field of health with Iran.

He also lauded the achievements of Iran in the area of universal health coverage as an example in the region and said that primary health-care, polio eradication, controlling communicable and Non-communicable diseases, pharmaceuticals and health reforms are areas in which both countries can collaborate and benefit from each other’s experiences.

Iranian Health Minister welcoming Dr. Zafar Mirza said he was delighted that a Global Health Expert was looking after affairs of health in Pakistan and expressed his desire to provide all out support to strengthen the health system of Pakistan.

Both sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse areas. It was shared that a 14 member delegation of health experts from all over Pakistan will be visiting Iran in November for two weeks to study the country’s health system. Likewise, Iranian side was invited to send its health experts to Pakistan on a mutually agreed date.

Dr. Zafar Mirza shared that his Ministry has reached agreement with Ministry of Interior to provide space and facilities at Taftan border between Iran and Pakistan where a health post will be established to cater to the needs of the travelers including the Zaireen. The two sides also agreed to cooperate in the fields of Pharmaceuticals and medical education.