Foreign Secretary Calls on Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar Pakistans campaign for WHO elections discussed

May 09, 2017

Islamabad May 9, 2017. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called on Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar here today. A wide range of issues pertaining to Pakistan’s role at international health forums were discussed during the meeting. It was noted that the country is playing a significant role at important international Health forums and is being seen as an important player in the area of Global Health.

The Minister shared with the Foreign Secretary that Pakistan’s performance in Polio Eradication has been lauded at the international level by highest global monitoring body for Polio Eradication based in London. The country’s efforts to improve immunization services for mother and child have also won appreciation in the recently held meeting of Strategic Advisory Group of Experts in Geneva.

The meeting discussed at length Pakistan’s election campaign for the office of Director General of the World Health Organization. The Minister expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Foreign Office under the leadership of the Foreign Secretary to promote the country’s candidature. She said the country had been successful in the first round of the elections and we are hopeful that with collective efforts Pakistan candidate would succeed in the final round being held in Geneva during last week of May.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua shared with the Minister efforts being made to promote Pakistan’s candidature for the position of DG-WHO and discussed campaign strategy for the final round.