Pakistan, US to broaden health care cooperation

Published: September 10, 2015
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Saira Afzal Tarar. PHOTO: FILE

Saira Afzal Tarar. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United Stated on Wednesday agreed to strengthen cooperation under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) while describing health security as an important element of national security.

It was decided at a meeting held between Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar with US Deputy National Security Adviser Avril Haines at the White House in Washington, said an official statement.

Avril Haines reaffirmed US commitment to further assistance and collaboration for socio-economic development in Pakistan.

Saira also met Dan Feldman, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Department of State. Pakistan ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani accompanied the state minister.

She said the number of polio cases has drastically reduced in 2015 and the government is hopeful to eradicate the crippling disease from the country.

Dan Feldman assured the minister that the US is ready to work with Pakistan in controlling other infectious diseases as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th,  2015.

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  • Sep 10, 2015 - 8:27AM

    When we will end lean on other nation. All most every ministry is begging for hand out. No other country in sub continent is worse of then Pakistan. Every ministry are portray his false
    illusion of independency. But when its come to pendency they put their hand first for beg.
    As per PTI argument when PPP & PML-N come to power the leader get rich but the people get poor due to their are no policy towards ending dependency on others. We may need to import politician from Afghanistan or sub Sahara deserte to teach us independent living. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Sep 10, 2015 - 11:40AM

    Yes you consider Health Security as an important element of National Security, I believe you dear Minister of State. Perhaps this is the reason why your government is financing hugely expensive low utility development projects, such as Metro Bus Services, instead of allocating and spending more funds on Health Services than the previous governments? :)Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:49AM

    @Ammar:
    Transport isn’t a low utility project. Especially if you’re not part of Pakistan’s English speaking, car driving elite. Metro bus has drastically improved transportation in lahore – and I’m not a PML supporter. All problems, including transport, need to be addressed. We can’t wait for one problem to be solved before embarking on another. Recommend

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