ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (APP):Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Aamir Mehmood Kiani on Thursday said that collaboration between Pakistan and United Kingdom would be further strengthened in health sector.
He was talking to a high level delegation led by British Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordant which visited the National Institute of Health (NIH). British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew and head of U.K. Department for International Development Joana Reid were also present on the occasion.
The minister expressed his desire to work closely with his British counterpart in further strengthening the existing partnership. He expressed satisfaction over Pak U.K collaboration in the health sector.
Executive Director National Institute of Health Brig. Dr. Aamir Ikram gave a detailed briefing on the occasion.
He said Pakistan is committed to implement international health regulations, to strengthen its capacity and to prevent, detect and respond to health emergencies and disease outbreaks.
He said that the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) in 2016, provided an opportunity to move forward in this direction.
Two of the five key recommendations were to strengthen real-time Disease Surveillance and Response mechanisms and to work on anti-microbial resistance in Pakistan.
He said that NIH has been designated as National focal point for IHR and Global Health Security Agenda mandated capacities.
The ministry requested the Public Health England to support Pakistan in establishing a real time Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System based on One Health Approach.
The delegation was informed that with technical support of PHE and in close coordination with all stakeholders, Phase-I of IDSR document has been finalized and will be piloted in identified districts nationwide as well as Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).