IT IS A GREAT HONOR FOR PAKISTAN TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THIS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

2017-10-09

 Islamabad October 9, 2017: Federal Minister for National Health Services Regulation & Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar said that it is a great honour for Pakistan to have the opportunity to host this prestigious international conference which is the highest profile health event in the region. Hosting of Regional Committee Meeting in Pakistan would serve to bring our great nations together and cement the ties between our brotherly countries while she was addressing “Inaugural Session of the Regional Committee Meeting of Eastern Mediterranean Region of World Health Organization” on October 9, 2017.

 

Minister said Eastern Mediterranean region has a population of nearly 583 million people. We must correct the disparity in health spending of this region vis-à-vis global health spending. We must invest in human capital and prioritize health when allocating resources.   

 

She said facing common problems. There is a wealth of global and local knowledge in the region. There is a challenge of access of public to health services. We must employ innovation to ensure equity in access to health services.      

 

Provision of healthcare is the foundation of the development of human society. The collective deliberation by the experts of our region on this important subject and related issues is highly gratifying. I am confident our deliberations will be highly fruitful and play a significant role in improving healthcare as some of the problems of this region are of identical nature and we have to solve them collectively. Our contiguity, bonds of common faith, history, cultural and similar socio-economic conditions demand a collective effort to address the diverse issues in health and this conference can be a milestone in this regard.