ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran agreed to establish a health post on the Taftan border to control poliovirus transmission, diseases and infections.
The agreement was reached after the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, met with the Minister of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Saeed Namaki, in Tehran, during the 66th Session of the Meeting of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization.
Health ministers and delegates from the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, comprising 22 countries, participated in the meeting.
Speaking to DawnThe Secretary of the National Health Services, Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik, said that in the current era the transfer of viruses and diseases from one country to another had become a routine.
"A large number of pilgrims visit different places in Iran and then go to Iraq. They will be monitored while going to Iran, as well as upon their return to Pakistan and, if an infection is found, quarantine will be secured to protect people from disease, "he added.
In response to a question, Dr. Malik said that the health ministry had spoken with the interior ministry to obtain a space to establish a health post in the border complex. "The publication will be functional within a month," he said.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mirza highlighted several reforms initiated by the current government in the health sector, including key initiatives such as social health protection that are being extended in phases to all eligible families in all the country.
He commended Iran's achievements in the area of universal health coverage as an example in the region and said that primary health care, polio eradication, control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, pharmaceuticals and reforms health were areas where both countries could work together and benefit from each other's experiences.
Iranian Health Minister expressed his desire to give full support to strengthen the health system in Pakistan.
The two sides also agreed that a delegation of 14 members of health experts from all over Pakistan would visit Iran in November for two weeks to study the country's health system. Similarly, the Iranian side was invited to send their health experts to Pakistan on a mutually agreed date.
They agreed to cooperate in the fields of pharmacy and medical education.
Posted on Dawn, October 16, 2019