ISLAMABAD - Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel Thursday said that the government was taking effective measures to improve maternal and child health care facilities across the country. Talking to a Jordanian delegation led by Princess Sarah Zeid, he said comprehensive reforms were being introduced in the health sector of the country.

Practical steps were in place for welfare of people and providing them health facilities on priority basis, he added.

The minister said preparation of a Breast Feeding Bill was in final stages for improving mother and child health. Patel lauded the service of Princess Sarah in maternal and newborn health and nutrition at international level.

Practical steps in place for welfare of people, says Abdul Qadir Patel

Speaking on the occasion, Princess Sarah lauded the coordination of federal and provincial governments in health sector and maternal and child health programme in Pakistan.  She said she was here to study Pakistan’s maternal and newborn health programmes.  Regarding flood relief activities, the minister said that best possible health facilities were being provided to flood affected people in collaboration with provincial governments.   Federal Health Secretary Dr Fakhr-e-Alam and special secretary health were present in the meeting.