KARACHI: The United Nations representative to Pakistan Neil Buhney on Thursday lauded the activities of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) and declared the institute as ‘model institution in the world of specialised healthcare’.
The UN envoy who paid a visit to SIUT said population living in many developing countries, including Pakistan, face a variety of socio-economic issues and access to healthcare is one of them.
He appreciated SIUT’s philosophy and said the services rendered by the institute for the community can be emulated.
He pointed out the role of the UN and its allied agencies engaged in health sector and disclosed that the UNDP is presently working on a phased five-year country programme for Pakistan focusing on primary healthcare.
He also underscored the need of a proper maternal healthcare and eradication of polio in which some progress had already been made.
He also complimented SIUT on focusing the sector of medical education by imparting professional training facilities to young females.
Buhney briefed about the overall role of the UN in Pakistan particularly in handling humanitarian crisis and pointed out that his organisation had played an important role in the earthquake that hit the northern region in 2005 and the 2010 floods.
Earlier, Director SIUT Dr Adibul Rizvi highlighted the economic disparity that exists in the society, impacting the health services.
He said public and government partnership is the cornerstone of SIUT’s philosophy where treatment is given to people free and with dignity.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2017.
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