Govt launches programme for overseas health professionals to combat COVID-19

Govt launches programme for overseas health professionals to combat COVID-19

Islamabad (Web Desk): The government has launched the "Yaran-e-Watan" initiative to engage overseas health professionals in Pakistan's fight against COVID-19.


In a tweet on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “Pakistani health professionals are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 across the world. They also want to help us combat COVID19 in Pakistan. We have launched Yaran-e-Watan initiative for our overseas health professionals who can now register to volunteer their services.”

On Friday, while addressing a news briefing in Islamabad, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza announced that the government has launched an online Pakistani Diaspora Health Initiative namely "Yaran-e-Watan" for overseas Pakistani health professionals to enable them to become part of the national fight against coronavirus.

He said health experts can register themselves on the website yaranewatan.gov.pk

"The initiative has been launched in collaboration with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development with support from the Pakistani diaspora health organisations," the SAPM said.

Dr Zafar Mirza added that the platform will help utilise the full potential of the heterogeneous diaspora community, including medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, health economists, public health professionals and other professionals in assisting development of Pakistan's health sector.