ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb has called for tackling all health issues to make the future generations safe and healthy as “healthy children make a happy family”.
She was speaking at a ceremony held at a local girls college on Thursday under “Sehatmand Pakistan, Hamarey Hath, Hamara Mustiqbil” with regard to global hand washing day.
“Under the Prime Minister’s Education Programme, 100 projects involving construction of classrooms, setting up of science laboratories, provision of drinking water, healthcare, upgradation of toilets and building up of female toilets are being implemented in schools in the federal capital,” said the minister.
She advised the teachers and parents to become part of the awareness campaign, adding that the government or any institution alone could not solve social problems as it should be a combined effort.
All the institutions including civil society and people belonging to different walks of life would have to contribute to achieve the development targets, she urged.
Through the ceremony, the ministries of Climate change, Education, Health, CADD, Information and Broadcasting, other institutions and partners promoted hand washing for a ‘Sehatmand Pakistan’.
Playing an additional role, being a part of the Secretariat for Sustainable Development Goals, Marriyum informed the audience that the government had entered into international agreements under the agenda of development for clean drinking water to making the future generations safe.
She said that PTV and Radio Pakistan were telecasting and broadcasting programmes for the awareness of the parents regarding prevention of diseases among children.
“If schoolchildren learned how to wash their hands, they could secure themselves against a number of diseases. The schools must also continue to take practical steps for health and cleanliness,” she added.
Marriyum described the performance of the government in all areas of national activity as “quite commendable” and said the country could boast of a status of champion with regard to sustainable development goals.
She said Pakistan’s parliament was the first legislature that established a full-fledged secretariat for SDGs. It was exercising oversight on the national development projects and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms also had a special SGDS unit, she said, adding that provincial-level SDGs centers had been established.
The minister said that the achievement of SDGs was Pakistan’s international obligation and the government was firmly committed to attaining goals through political and economic strategies. She admitted the achievement of SDGs was only possible through public-private partnership.
The SDGS were also part of the vision 2025.
Like other countries benefitting from public-private partnerships, Pakistan had also started working on similar lines which had already started paying dividends, she claimed.
Marriyum said that Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif had done a tremendous job in all the areas setting an example for other provinces. She said the provincial government was also focusing on resolving problems pertaining to health, education, drainage and other issues.
She stressed on the “pivotal role” of the media in creating awareness about the social issues, and said it should continue that through its programmes.
Marriyum as well as Minister for Professional Education Engineer Baligh-ur Rehman, Advisor on Prime Minister’s Education Reform programme Ali Raza, students and others who participated in the ceremony made a pledge to promote hand washing for healthcare.