President urges SAARC countries to work in unison

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the regional countries to set aside their differences and work in unison for a better and prosperous future of South Asia.

He was addressing opening ceremony of the SAARC mother-child care conference in Islamabad today.

The President said our contiguity and similar socio economic conditions demand a collective effort to address important social issues of maternal and child healthcare.

He said the government is giving top priority to the health of mother and child and is striving to deliver the basic health care facilities particularly to the people living below the poverty line.

For this purpose, he said the government has chalked out a ten point action plan in consultation with the provincial governments to achieve sustainable development goals regarding mother and child care.

He said this comprehensive action plan has been useful in improving the mother and child health care facilities at the level of basic health units and district hospitals.

He said our aim is to bring down the maternal and infant mortality rates.

Referring to some health care programs in different regional countries, the President stressed there is a need to expand their reach to maximum number of people so that each person in the region becomes a useful citizen of the society.

In her remarks on the occasion, Minister of State for Health Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar said the government has recently launched a health insurance scheme targeting the poorest of the poor. She said hundreds of thousands of patients have benefitted from this program.

She said the country has also witnessed major successes in the fight against polio virus and the same is visible from marked reduction in the number of polio cases.

Saira Afzal said primary health care has been prioritised to improve the health indicators in the country.

Radio Pakistan