Lahore (November 03, 2018): Health Minister of Punjab Dr Yasmin Rashid, while underlining the need of concrete and long lasting health policy, has said that the focus on the rural health centers was crucial for attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid and Minister for Population Col (retd) Hashim Doggar co-chaired the workshop on Friday.
The workshop also presented recommendations for a workable and new health policy. Health experts said the huge population was an elephant in a room and nothing could be changed without focusing on family planning.
Dr Roomi Aziz Tweeted a highlight of the workshop,
Commitment of the @GOPunjabPK , leadership gathers to finalize the #HealthPolicy with Hon Minister Health Dr @Dr_YasminRashid , Special Secretary Ranjha Sb, @Dghs_punjab Dr Muneer and reknowned academician Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta. @PSHDept #UHC @WHOEMRO @shabnumsarfraz @WHOPakistan pic.twitter.com/ZwGwphWIyV
— Dr Roomi Aziz (@RoomiAziz) November 1, 2018
“Preventive medical healthcare is the fundamental need of any change in health facilities. Ever-increasing population is a severe challenge for resources.
Marriages in premature age badly disturb health structure; government should consider Iranian model of counselling before wedding”, recommended the participants in the workshop.
They also noted that by improving mother and child health, many targets of general health could be achieved. Moreover, a strong political will was necessary for strengthening the health sector, they said.
Dr Yasmin Rashid in her key address announced that Punjab government would establish four mother and child hospitals at Attock, Mianwali, Bhakkar and Rajinpur. “Despite law and order situation, we are sitting here to find out new arenas for improvement in health sector.
No matter how worse is the situation, we would only think about betterment of our people. This consultative workshop is a preamble of new health policy”, she said.She also said that health insurance schemes would be launched in December and each health card holder family would be provided with health coverage of Rs 370,000. The health minister also announced the revival of lady health workers cadre.
Col (R) Hashim Doggar, commending the commitment of Dr Yasmin Rashid, said that he never saw such a brave and hard working woman throughout his life.
The minister also pledged that both health and population welfare departments would work jointly for the success of the family planning schemes.
He also appreciated that Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo motu of family planning issue. “We would implement the directions passed by the honourable court in letter and spirit” he said.
Dr. Yasmin said that conducting such workshop was a milestone in engineering new health policy.“
Pakistan is facing double burden of diseases and lack of health facilities. Many of the diseases can be controlled at relatively low cost at primary and secondary care level” she added.