Japan to establish children hospital in Pakistan: envoy

ISLAMABAD: Japanese government has decided to establish a state of the art children hospital in Pakistan to help the country in reducing the mortality rate among infants and children. This was disclosed by Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Seiji Kojmi in the inaugural ceremony of the fourth course of In-Country Training Programme on Safe Motherhood here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Caretaker Minister for Health Ejaz Rahim said that several initiatives have been taken to reduce mortality rate among women and children. He said the women health project and the Maternal and Newborn child health projects worth Rs 20 billion are testimony of the government’s commitment to women health programmes.

The Minister said the lady health workers programme will continue to provide prompt health care services to women and infants. He said the government has increased the health budget manifold during the last few years to root out various epidemics including Tuberculosis and Polio. Ejaz Rahim lauded the Japanese government assistance in the health sector, particularly their funding in the Tuberculosis and Polio eradication programmes.

Japanese Ambassador Seiji Kojmi appreciated the government’s reforms in the health sector and expressed the hope that Pakistan would achieve MDGS by 2015. He said that Pakistan and Japan have a long history of cooperation in the health sector, which will continue in the future as well.-SANA

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