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Health minister emphasises need for comprehensive health policy.

LAHORE -- Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Thursday emphasized the need for evolving a comprehensive and long-lasting health policy and stressed paying more attention to rural health centres for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She was addressing the inaugural session of a consultative workshop on development of national health policy and provincial strategic framework here.

Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Col (retd) Muhammad Hashim Dogar, Secretary Specialised Healthcare Saqib Zafar, Special Secretary Muhammad Khan Ranjha, Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, Dr Shagufta Zareen and scholars were present.

'Pakistan lacked health facilities, and particularly the rural areas were neglected in the past,' she said.

Dr Yasmin Rashid suggested that pyramid of medical facilities should be inverted and time had come to focus on rural areas with a fresh political will. 'Prime Minister Imran Khan has always been worried about health facilities and he wants to start the process of change with the improvement in health facilities,' the minister said.

She also mentioned the complications due to climate change and regretted that man himself was responsible for disturbing the Mother Nature. 'Smog is an example of such complications,' she added.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 2, 2018
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