ISLAMABAD - UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Abdullah Fadil called on the Caretaker Federal Health Minister Dr Nadeem Jan. Secretary Health Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Additional Secretary Kamran Rehman and DG Health were also present.
Issues in the health sector were discussed in the meeting. The UNICEF Country Chief congratulated the minister on assuming this important responsibility.
Dr Nadeem Jan appreciated UNICEF’s services in the health sector. UNICEF has supported Pakistan in every difficult time, said Dr Nadeem Jan. “We will endeavour to bring effective and exemplary improvements in a short span of time,” he said.
Health Minister said, “We are determined to eradicate polio from the country and will work on an emergency basis for the eradication of polio for the prestige of our country in the comity of nations.” He appreciated role of UNICEF in the health sector especially in nutrition. We are also working under an integrated strategy to control malnutrition, he said.
Dr. Nadeem Jan said all necessary measures will be taken to keep people safe from diseases.
UNICEF will continue to provide all possible support to the Ministry of National Health Services under the leadership of the new minister for the improvement of the health sector, UNICEF Country Chief said.
It was informed by the Health Minister that a high-level seminar on nutrition control will be held in the UK in November this year in which Pakistan will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with international organisations. We are taking effective measures to promote breastfeeding. We plan to launch awareness campaign for breastfeeding, he said.
Under the leadership of caretaker Prime Minister we will ensure all necessary measures for public interest and welfare of the masses, Dr Nadeem Jan said