Pakistan and China to expand cooperation in the field of Health
Building on the historically strong ties and ongoing cooperation in development sector, the Governments of Pakistan and China are moving forward to further enhance collaborations in health. Subsequent to his meeting with Dr. Zafar Mirza, Minister of State for National Health Services, the Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China to Pakistan,Mr. Yao Jing, visited the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad today where he was welcomed by the Executive Director, Maj. Gen. AamerI kram along with Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Chief Disease Surveillance and Dr. Muhammad Salman, Chief of Public Health Laboratories Division.
The main purpose of the visit was to discuss the ongoing cooperation and explore ways to further broaden the bilateral cooperation in health sector. Duringthe meeting, the Executive Director briefed the Ambassador about the role and core-functions of NIH as the National Public Health Institute (NPHI) of the country. Mr. Yao Jing showed deep interest in working of different Divisions and Sections of the institute and expressed desire to elevate the mutual cooperation in health to new heights.
‘Pakistan and China are time tested friends and it’s my responsibility to further these links’, stated the Ambassador. ‘CPEC is a great opportunity to strengthen our bondand the leadership in both countries is keenly interested for enhancing cooperation in social sector along with economy, Yao Jing went on saying. He indicated particular interest in the Institute’s upcoming initiatives of Research & Development, Traditional Medicines as well as the Vaccine Production. ‘We would like the NIH-Pakistan and CDC-China to work closely together for identifying areas of mutual cooperation’ the Ambassador remarks.
Dr.Aamer Ikram apprised the Ambassador on special focus of the Ministry of National Health Services to build sustainable systems under the leadership of Dr. Zafar Mirza, Minister of State. He thanked the Ambassador for his efforts to bring both countries together. ‘We recently had productive deliberations with experts from Chinese CDC and Sino-pharm, a state owned enterprise and are eagerly looking forward to expand our cooperation in diverse areas of public health including vaccine production and human resource development’, Executive Director stated.