PM directs implementation of health projects on priority basis to facilitate common masses

Government to ensure the capacity-building of nursing sector: PM


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed the implementation of measures regarding the ongoing health-related projects on a priority basis in order to facilitate the common man.

Chairing a meeting on the improvement of the health sector, the prime minister expressed satisfaction that the Naya Pakistan National Health Card was the largest health sector program in the history of the country.

PM Khan said the poor and the middle class would be the biggest beneficiaries of health care, adding that such a universal health coverage system was even not available in several developed countries.

The prime minister was informed about the progress regarding the provision of health facilities and the ongoing projects at the federal government level, and in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It was highlighted that a large number of people in Punjab and KP were benefiting from free healthcare facilities.

The meeting discussed that the government was launching a program to control stunted growth in children, particularly in the rural districts of the country.

It was emphasized that to improve maternal and child health, across-the-board monitoring of the child’s health would be carried out right from birth.

It was informed that the government would ensure the capacity-building of the nursing sector through training of international standards.

The prime minister was briefed that due to the effective measures taken by the government, the rate of general vaccination of citizens had increased from 66 to 76 percent.

Also in Punjab, the rate of general vaccination had touched over 91 percent, which was being recognized internationally. In addition, the targets for COVID-19 vaccination are also being set.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, and provincial ministers Dr. Yasmeen Rashid and Taimur Saleem Jhagra. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the development of the industrial sector was vital for the country’s socio-economic progress.

The present government has introduced Compliance Regime instead of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) Regime, he added.

The Prime Minister was talking to Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar who along with a delegation of industrialists called on him here.

During the meeting, matters relating to the development of the industrial sector for creating ample employment opportunities for youth and poverty alleviation in the country were discussed.

The Prime Minister directed to ensure a business-friendly environment in the country to encourage investors and achieve speedy industrialization.

He also directed the Ministry of Finance and other relevant institutions including the Board of Investment (BOI), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to work in coordination to create enabling environment for the promotion of industrialization.

The meeting was also attended by renowned industrialists Mian Anjum Nisar and Muhammad Irfan. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that protecting the common man from the effects of global level price-hike was among the government’s foremost priorities.

He said that the developing countries were being hit hardest due to the rising prices at the international level.

The Prime Minister was presiding over a high-level meeting about the country’s economic situation and the global phenomenon of rising essential goods’ prices.

During the meeting, the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Russia and the progress of bilateral relations between the two countries were also discussed in detail.

Federal Ministers Shaukat Tarin, Ch. Fawad Hussain, Asad Umar, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Hammad Azhar, and Special Assistant to PM Sania Nishtar was in attendance.

The Prime Minister said that the government also accorded foremost priority to public relief amidst the global price-hike crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the country’s overall economic position, the meeting was told that due to the current conflicting situation, the crude oil prices in the international market had surpassed the US $ 100 per barrel and the prices of gas had also witnessed a 3 to 5 times increase.

Besides, it was told that the prices of edibles particularly palm oil have also increased.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was also apprised of the various Ehsaas Program schemes as well as the measures to bring in further improvement in the schemes for public relief.

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