Pakistan Devoted to Enhance Health Facilities for People - NIH


by Hamna Bano

10 Best Activities



On Sunday, the Seventy-Sixth World Health Assembly took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in which the Health Minister NIH, Abdul Qadir Patel revealed Pakistan's devotion towards providing the best health facilities. 

While addressing the WHA, he said “Pakistan's immense sense of responsibility and commitment towards improving the health outcomes of their people will build together a healthier, safer, and fairer world.”

On the occasion of WHO's 76th anniversary, he complimented the director general, his outstanding team of professionals, and member nations. 

“The founding of WHO by nations from throughout the world to advance health, ensure global security, and assist the weak marks a crucial turning point in global cooperation”, he said.

“We express our utmost appreciation and full endorsement of the DG WHO report, which effectively highlights the critical priorities that demand our attention in the realm of healthcare. These priorities include the enhancement of Universal Health Coverage, effective management of Health Emergencies, and the unwavering commitment to ensure the Health and well-being of our citizens”, he added. 


During the WHA, it was also discussed that Pakistan has taken significant steps towards the implementation of its vital health service package in 2023, reinforced by increased government investments. In addressing the existing financial gaps, the country has also acquired support from development partners. 

Recognizing the pressing health workforce challenges, the government has resolved to increase the number of community-based lady health workers from 89,000 to 135,000 over the span of five years.

Patel added, “Pakistan considers Implementation of international health regulations (IHR) as a priority agenda as we have faced a number of health emergencies, including Covid 19 pandemic, Mpox, Polio, floods, earthquakes & heat waves, etc. The MoNHSR&C is cognizant of the fact that building and sustaining essential public health core capacities are critical for national responses to public health events.”

All in all, to guarantee a secure working environment for the frontline Polio workers to reach all children under five, a special plan is being implemented in Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in consultation and participation with district administration and security authorities.

In addition, a vigorous schedule of national and regional programs to immunize against polio is being implemented.