ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the government has taken health as a top most concern and want an easy access to quality health services as it is an inheriting right of every citizen. Launched the national round three day polio eradication campaign by administrating anti-polio drops to children in Islamabad on Monday, he said our policies are reflective of our commitment towards expansion and development in the health sector.
The Prime Minister said government is determined not to let resource crunch stand ion the way of march towards healthier Pakistan. He expressed his satisfaction that the Ministry of Health is working on the national policy on the fast track to re-orient health services to enable us to keep pace with the changing time.
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said with the rise of the population we have to improve the quality of health care. He said under the Prime Minister’s health programme more doctors, lady doctors, medicines and X-Ray machines would be provided to the all basic health units throughout the country.
He said government has initiated a number of health care programmes including immunization, lady health workers, mother and new born child heath for the prevention of ailments would ensure Pakistan’s success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in unison with International Community.
He said health system and its different tiers are taking the services right to the door steps of every citizen. In this regard lady health workers programme as a land mile initiative conceived and launched by our Shaheed leader Benazir Bhutto.
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said the Expanded Immunization Programme is another programme apart from Hepatitis. He said it was the cornerstone of the welfare oriented policies of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Montarma Benazir Bhutto to improve access of the impoverished, the powerless and underserved people.
He expressed concern over the reports of polio cases in different parts of the country. He urged the need to work on war footing to plug the gaps on the administrative and management front as identified by national experts. He also called on the Health Ministry, provincial health departments, district administration and the communities to join hands and make sure that no eligible child is missed out in the immunization campaign.
The Prime Minister also appealed to the parents, community leaders and public representatives to come forward and make this polio and vitamin A administration campaign, a success.-SANA