ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed the Ministry to gear up its efforts to make Pakistan a polio free country. He said that the Ministry should launch an effective media campaign for masses awareness about the benefits of immunization drops for prevention of child from fatal diseases.
Chairing a high level meeting to review the performance of the health sector in the Ministry of Health here, the Prime Minister said that the government is determined to ensure the provision of best health care facility to every citizen of the country at their door-step as a manifesto of PPP and realizing the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto “Health for All’
The Prime Minister directed that proposed cut of 30% on current Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) should not be applicable to the health sector and the total development budget of Rs,19 billion be provided to the Ministry of Health in order to undertake health care program without any difficulty.
The Prime Minister expressed displeasure over the unnecessary delay in the execution of Mother and Neonatal Health Program and directed the Ministry for it early implementation so that it could deliver the desired result as envisioned in the government’s plan of providing latest health care facility to mother and child.
Underscoring the importance of ownership for the success of any program, the Prime Minister constituted a committee to ascertain the problems of effective implementation of Family Planning and Primary Healthcare Program, including strengthening the role of 120,000 Lady Health Workers. He advised that strict control be maintained over the spending of public money, to avoid any wastage due to overlapping and duplication.
He entrusted the newly formed committee to take all the stakeholders and particularly the Provincial Governments on board to ensure better coordination. He also emphasized the importance of decentralization of such a big programme. The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Health to ensure the availability essential drugs on affordable price in the market.
He also directed the Ministry to undertake health projects in FATA for ensuring provision of basic health facilities to the people of the area and to supplement the government’s efforts for improving socio-economic conduction of the area.
Secretary Health briefed the Prime Minister about the various healthcare projects being undertaken in the country to prevent diseases, disability, premature deaths and hazardous diseases. Minister for Health, Minister of State for Health and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health sector also attended the meeting.-SANA