President Mamnoon Hussain conferred Hilal-i-Pakistan upon Director-General World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan during a special investiture ceremony in Islamabad today (Wednesday).

The Award has been conferred upon Dr. Margaret Chan in recognition of her outstanding and meritorious services for the people of Pakistan in the field of public health.

President Mamnoon Hussain‚ while congratulating Dr. Chan on the award‚ appreciated WHO’s continued assistance to the country towards combating diseases and further strengthening health systems in the country.

He reiterated that provision of quality healthcare to the people was among the foremost priorities of the Government and every possible effort was being made to meet the challenges in the health sector.

Highlighting various efforts‚ the President said that Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was being further strengthened in the country to reduce illness‚ disability and mortality. The government was also focusing on the non-communicable diseases as currently the country was suffering from a dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

The President said that we are working with our international partners to improve health care system in the country and to enable the people have access to quality health care.

The President also highlighted various measures to fight the menacing disease of polio especially in those areas where the campaigns were facing certain issues.

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