WHO offers support for development of HRH in Punjab


LAHORE: World Health Organisation (WHO) has offered technical support to Punjab Health Department for development of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and an expert of international repute Dr Mario Roberto Dal Paz would be assigned task to establish HRH observatory for Punjab.

He would also help in finalizing the HRH profiling 2018 besides recommendations for provincial HRH strategic framework would be offered.

This was discussed in a key meeting of WHO’s delegation with Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid. Dr Jamshaid Ahmed Head of Office was leading the delegation while Dr Mario Roberto Dal Paz and Dr Shabnam Sarfraz, CEO Punjab Public Health Agency were also present during the meeting.

“Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was a key priority identified by Punjab’s new Government,” said the minister.

She was presented with the Punjab Health Workforce Strategy draft after being technically vetted by Dr Mario Roberto Dal Poz, an internationally renowned expert on health workforce planning.

Dr Yasmin Rashid thanked Dr Mario for his technical support to the PPHA team towards finalization of the health workforce strategy documents for Punjab.

She informed that the Government of Punjab was focusing on engaging with the general physicians and was improving the preventive and primary healthcare for achieving UHC.  Maternal and neonatal child health, family planning and nutrition would be amongst the top priority agenda.

She reiterated the government’s commitment towards addressing health workforce deficits in the province.