Islamabad, April 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the present Government accords highest priority to the promotion of health sector and vigorous steps are being taken at various levels to provide the basic health facilities to all especially the poor segment of society in the far flung areas of the country.
The President said this during his meeting with Mr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today.
Mr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund was accompanied with Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Global Stop TB Partnership, Dr. Nima Saeed Abid, Country Representative of WHO in Pakistan, Dr. Werner Buehler, Fund Portfolio Manager Global Fund, High Impact Asia and Dr. Sharaf Ali Shah, Chairperson, Stop TB partnership Pakistan.
The President appreciated the role and contribution of Global Fund to combat TB, AIDS and Malaria in Pakistan and said that the Global Fund’s support has benefitted thousands of TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria patients in the country.
Highlighting government efforts for improvement of health sector, the President said that Prime Minister’s Special Initiative of Health Insurance is in process to provide equitable health services to poor and marginalized population. The President remarked that the government attaches priority to the control of the three infectious diseases in Pakistan, i.e TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria as these diseases pose major public health threat to our people.
The President thanked the Global Fund for approving US$ 250 million for next three years to combat the three infectious diseases in Pakistan and assured that the government of Pakistan would continue working with the Global Fund and national and international stakeholders to cope with the global challenge of combating the three diseases in Pakistan and worldwide.
On TB control, the President said that Pakistan has made great progress in TB control by providing free diagnosis and treatment services and appreciated the role of Dr. Lucica Ditiu and Stop TB Partnership for providing strategic support to National TB Control Program Pakistan in achieving MDG targets. The President expressed satisfaction to note that Pakistan was well on track towards MDG targets for TB and expressed hope that the comprehensive strategic plan developed by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination would help provide universal access to TB care.
The delegation headed by Mr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, thanked the President for meeting and appreciated the various steps being taken by the government to contain the three infectious diseases in Pakistan.
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