Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the Prime Minister today. He was accompanied by President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division Dr. Christopher Elias.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom congratulated the Prime Minister on his victory in the recent general elections. He stated that WHO has increased its focus on public health, country level impacts and bringing improvements in people’s access to health related knowledge and information. He also informed the Prime Minister about WHO’s ongoing programmes/projects in Pakistan. WHO has considerably increased level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives.
The Prime Minister welcomed the Director General and his delegation to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan attaches importance to WHO. Pakistan appreciates the role of WHO in the health care system. The Government is determined to implement a transformative social and economic agenda for a ‘New Pakistan’. He reiterated his commitment to move forward sustainable development agenda.
On polio eradication programme, the Prime Minister said that Government continues to tackle Polio eradication as a national public health emergency. Polio vaccination activities are well organized in close collaboration with provinces and are directly overseen by the National, Provincial and Divisional Task Forces. He expressed commitment of his Government for complete eradication of polio from the country.
He expressed his hope that WHO will continue as a reliable partner in our efforts to improve health for all in Pakistan.
Dr. Christopher Elias, President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division, delivered a letter from Mr. Bill Gates to the Prime Minister.
Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom calls on the Foreign Minister.
Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the Foreign Minister. He was accompanied by WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari and President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division Dr. Christopher Elias.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom briefed the Foreign Minister on WHO’s enhanced focus on public health, country-level impacts, ongoing programmes/projects in Pakistan aimed at improving people’s access to health related matters. He also shared that WHO had intensified its activities in coordination with the Government of Pakistan for Polio eradication. As a result of enhancement efforts, polio from Pakistan would likely be eliminated by end of 2019. He reiterated that WHO would continue its support to the efforts of Government of Pakistan to improve healthcare in the country.
Foreign Minister Qureshi, welcoming the Director General and his delegation to Pakistan, said that WHO had been playing a very important role in the health sector of Pakistan. With regards to polio eradication efforts by the Government, the Foreign Minister emphasized that collaborative efforts at national, provincial and local levels would help in elimination of the disease and make Pakistan a zero polio country.
Foreign Minister reiterated that the government remains committed to ensure provision of quality health facilities to all people at all levels. He assured the delegation of full support in polio eradication and implementation of other health programmes in Pakistan in the days to come.