Islamabad (Web Desk): President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday called for further enhancing partnership with World Health Organization (WHO) to overcome various health challenges being faced by the country.
He expressed these views while talking to outgoing Country WHO Director Dr Palitha Mahipala, who called on him, in Islamabad today.
The president appreciated the role of WHO in strengthening Pakistan’s primary healthcare system, besides providing support to various government initiatives.
He emphasised the need for creating awareness about the importance of mental health and early counselling at the household level. He said concerted efforts are needed to ensure rights of the people with disability.
President Alvi appreciated the role and commitment of Dr Palitha Mahipala for strengthening the health sector of Pakistan and wished him success for his future endeavours.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Palitha Mahipala highlighted the role of WHO in improving Pakistan’s healthcare system and supporting efforts to revitalize healthcare facilities in the country, especially during last year’s floods.
He said that the WHO would continue to support Pakistan for improving the health of its people.
Dr Palitha Mahipala lauded the commendable role played by the President and the First Lady in raising awareness about various health issues, including Breast Cancer, Mental Health and the rights of Persons with Disabilities.