Islamabad 30 November 2023: President Dr Arif Alvi has called for further enhancing the partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities in Pakistan to effectively overcome various health challenges being faced by the country.
The President expressed these views while talking to the outgoing Country Director of WHO, Dr Palitha Mahipala, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today.
During the meeting, 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.
The President appreciated the role of WHO in strengthening Pakistan’s primary healthcare system, besides providing support to various government initiatives.
Speaking on the occasion, the President emphasised the need for creating awareness about the importance of mental health and early counselling at the household level. He remarked that the availability of a mental health toolkit to deal with mental stress in the families needed to be ensured. He maintained that establishing mental health support systems and enhancing people’s accessibility to quality mental health services in the country required the input of multiple stakeholders.
The President expressed satisfaction over the fact that Pakistan’s society had witnessed a positive change in its attitude towards the rights of persons with disabilities, adding that concerted efforts were needed to ensure their rights.
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.
The President appreciated the role and commitment of Dr Palitha Mahipala for strengthening the health sector of Pakistan and wished him success for his future endeavours.