Launching Ceremony of National Health Laboratory, GHSA Secretariat and Transformation & Excellence Center for Health (TECH) held at NIH Islamabad to strengthen national public health system of Pakistan
Islamabad, February 04, 2021: The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad, Pakistan organized launching ceremony of three initiatives of National Health Laboratory, Global Health Security Agenda GHSA Secretariat and Transformation & Excellence Center for Health (TECH) to enhance country’s capacity in the field of national public health system in preparedness and response. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan inaugurated the new initiatives and centers of NIH.
National Health Laboratory (NHL) has been established at NIH with aim to enhance the capacity of the country in diagnostic system of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The NHL will strengthen national capacities in diagnostics, surveillance, preparedness, and response. This lab will improve our diagnostic services and boost the public health system with cutting edge diagnostic technologies. It is hope Pakistan will test all type of specimen within country instead of sending the specimen abroad for diagnostic services.
Launching ceremony of GHSA Secretariate at NIH was also placed during the occasion. GHSA secretarial is established at NIH with the aim of new initiative is to improve the ability of country to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks in systematic manner.
Dr. Faisal Sultan SAPM on Health also inaugurated the newly established Transformation & Excellence Centre for Health (TECH) at National Institute of Health. TECH has been established with the vision to drive digital transformations of health system and services in Pakistan. TECH will guide, support and develop IT-Centric healthcare delivery projects for Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSRC). These projects will ultimately lead to improved health care delivery and health equity in Pakistan.
At this occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan appreciated the momentous progress of NIH and its role in public health security of Pakistan. He said that the new initiatives of National Health Laboratory, GHSA Secretariat and Transformation & Excellence Center for Health (TECH) will contribute to improve and enhance national health safety and security.
Speaking to media, Maj Gen Professor Aamer Ikram, Executive Director, NIH said, NIH has played a pivotal role in COVID-19 preparedness and response being Pakistan’s primer public health institution. Scientist and Technicians of NIH has been working hard during COVID response in services of the nation. He further said, “Pathogens, microbes and diseases like COVID-19 are moving faster and farther than ever. They do not recognize or stop at national borders. A threat anywhere is indeed a threat everywhere”. Maj Gen Aamer Ikram added, NIH is taking concrete measures in improving the system of disease prevention, detection, and generation of response to public health events with modern techniques and ease the life of people of Pakistan.