ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the regional countries to set aside their differences and work in unison for a better and prosperous future of South Asia.
In his address at the opening ceremony of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) mother-child care conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, the president said that our contiguity and similar socio economic conditions demand a collective effort to address important social issues of maternal and child healthcare.
The president said that the government is giving top priority to the health of mother and child and is striving to deliver the basic health care facilities particularly to the people living below the poverty line.
For this purpose, he said that the government has chalked out a 10-point action plan in consultation with the provincial governments to achieve sustainable development goals regarding mother and child care.
Mamnoon Hussain said that this comprehensive action plan has been useful in improving the mother and child health care facilities at the level of basic health units and district hospitals. He said that our aim is to bring down the maternal and infant mortality rates.
Referring to some health care programs in different regional countries, the president stressed there is a need to expand their reach to maximum number of people so that each person in the region becomes a useful citizen of the society.