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UNICEF representative calls on NWFP Governor

PESHAWAR: The visiting newly appointed Regional Director of UNICEF for South Asia, Mr. Daniel Toole called on the NWFP Governor; Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani at Governor’s House here on Wednesday and exchanged views on the contribution of the organization in ensuring better health and educational facilities both in the province and FATA.

Mr. Daniel Toole who was also accompanied by the UNICEF’s Country Representative, Mr. Marton Mogwanja and the Chief of Provincial Office, Mr. Irshad Karim also discussed the possibilities to further enhance and strengthen the role and services of this international body with special focus on well being and proper brought up of children. It merits mentioning here that the visit of the Regional Director of UNICEF is taking place at a time, when its Board of Executive; of which Pakistan is a member, is going to meet during next month. Talking on this occasion, the Governor welcomed the guest and highly appreciated the role and services of UNICEF in helping the government to improve its health care and educational systems especially in this province.

Referring to a point, he also mentioned the prevailing state of health care facilities in FATA and said that apart from the established network of healthcare facilities especially at agency and tehsil headquarter levels; the government has also introduced system of mobile hospitals which is proving quite helpful in removing the deficiencies and bridging the gaps. The mobile hospitals, he remarked, are fully equipped with necessary requirements, including specialist doctors and regularly visits of mobile units not only to the pre-planned sites in remote areas but also such government healthcare institutions which are otherwise almost non-functional mainly due to lack of staff.

In fact, the Governor said, mother-child healthcare programmes enjoy wide acceptability in our society and there is need to further strengthen the ongoing efforts in this respect. He also assured his fullest support in enabling the local offices of UNICEF to play their due role in the well being of the new generations.

Talking on another point, the Governor said, as far as maintenance of law and order in certain parts of the FATA is concerned, things have already started moving on positive direction and his personal visits to respective affected areas during the recent weeks were the clear depiction in this respect. In fact, the Governor said, the problems being faced in our country are the direct fall outs of the developments taking place in our immediate neighbor; the Afghanistan over the past almost 30 years and to ensure lasting peace, it is must to bring complete stability and normalcy in that country.-SANA

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