Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will collaborate with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to set up medical centres at provincial levels in all parts of the country, said a press release issued by PRCS in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The project aims to strengthen the bilateral cooperation and relations between the two countries, said PRCS Chairperson Nilofar Bakhtiar while talking to a group of journalists.
Bakhtiar, who recently returned from Iran, said she met with the top officials of IRCS during her official tour and visited the projects being run by the society.
She said the visit was “very fruitful” as the IRCS is willing to start different projects in Pakistan, adding that the projects would aim to “minimise the sufferings of vulnerable people”.
“PRCS will extend its full support in the establishment of medical centres and continuation of other activities,” she added. She said that the PRCS will assist IRCS in obtaining necessary permission and no objection certificate from the government for the equipment being brought for relief operations.
The project will provide an opportunity for both societies to learn, share experiences and exchange technical knowledge in different fields. It will make further efforts towards expansion of cooperation in all fields, including disaster management, health and volunteers’ training, explained Bakhtiar.
She said that the IRCS always stood with Pakistan in its hour of need, and these steps would help increase cooperation between the two countries.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.