Healthcare most important priority of present govt: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 24 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday highlighted healthcare as the most important priority of the present government saying that its focus was to transform the lives of ordinary people.
“Our priority is poor and neglected segments of society, who are burdened under loans in case of any illness,” the prime minister said while chairing a briefing on the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C) here at the PM Office.
Minister for NHSR&C Aamir Mehmood Kiyani, Secretary NHSR&C Capt (R) Zahid Saeed, Director General National Health Asad Hafeez and senior officers were present during the meeting.
The Secretary National Health Services briefed the prime minister about the performance of the ministry, various issues and challenges confronted by it and its strategic priorities.
The secretary also apprised the prime minister of the regulatory functions of the ministry, particularly after the 18th Amendment, in the areas of drugs quality, upgradation of laboratories, medical education, disease surveillance, legislation in health sector and international commitments, especially efforts to achieve the targets under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Secretary NHSR&C also briefed the prime minister on the Prime Minister National Health Programme.
The prime minister directed that all issues should be brought before the Task Force on Health and stressed on the expeditious disposal of administrative and legislative matters in the task force for smooth implementation of the final decisions at the operational level.
He emphasized upon the need for better coordination among the federal and the provincial governments in the health sector.
The prime minister expressed his serious concern over the existing figures of under-nourished children, child and infant mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate and maternal care.
He also directed for devising a strategy for a nutrition programme for the under-nourished children on priority basis.
The prime minister said that the federal government was launching a national cleanliness drive across the country in the next few weeks that would also help effectively checking communicable diseases in the country.
He stressed that focus of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination must be on preventive care in addition to curative care.