Pakistan – Afghanistan agree to bolster cooperation in health sector

January 13, 2024
Updated 2024/01/15 at 6:39 AM
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Pakistan – Afghanistan

A bilateral meeting was held on the sidelines of Global Health Security Summit in Islamabad. Federal Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan led the Pakistan side whereas the Afghanistan side was led by Minister Dr. Qalandar Ebad.

Both sides discussed cooperation in diverse areas of health sector. Recognizing the necessity for a strengthened healthcare system, both Ministers highlighted the importance of providing essential health services to deserving communities. It was agreed to enhance coordination aimed at eradicating the poliovirus from both nations. Both leaders emphasized on shared commitment of both countries to tackle the critical issue of poliovirus. This commitment to collaboration marks a significant step towards a polio-free region and improved healthcare cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The leaders agreed to build community confidence through innovative approaches and increased government ownership. The leaders explored opportunities for expanding pharmaceutical collaboration. The Afghan counterpart highlights investments in the pharmaceutical sector in Afghanistan by Pakistan pharma manufacturers. The meeting also discussed at length medical professional exchanges, training, and capacity building for Afghan medical professionals. The afghan side proposed to expand enrollment quotas for Afghan students in Pakistani medical universities. Minister Dr. Qalandar Ebad expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s continuous support in building and enhancing healthcare infrastructure in Afghanistan. Federal Secretary Interior, Mr. Aftab Durrani, also joined the meeting. The afghan side discussed issues related to visa for Afghan patients seeking treatment in Pakistan with the Interior Secretary.

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