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The 64th session of World Health Organization's Regional Committee for Eastern Mediterranean concluded in Islamabad on Thursday.

Health ministers and healthcare experts from over twenty one countries of the region attended the four day event.

Addressing a joint press conference at the end of the session, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said Pakistan's efforts for polio eradication have been appreciated internationally.

She said a comprehensive framework has also been chalked out for complete eradication of Hepatitis from the country by 2030.

She said laboratories have been upgraded to improve diagnosis of epidemic and chronic diseases at early stages.

Saira Afzal Tarar said the devolution of health sector to provinces has led to a healthy competition among them.

She said Pakistan`s valuable human resource has been acknowledged internationally as many countries seek assistance of Pakistani doctors, scientists and healthcare experts.

The committee urged the member states to endorse national action plans for anti microbial resistance in line with global action plan.

The member states agreed to establish high level coordinating mechanism and designate a climate change focal point to align the development of public health with climatic changes.

The WHO committee member states also resolved to collaborate in adolescent, maternal and neonatal health issues in the region.


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