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.