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President Alvi urged for stronger WHO partnership to tackle health challenges

Dental Tribune Pakistan

Dental Tribune Pakistan

Fri. 1 December 2023

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged for the enhancement of collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pakistan's health authorities to effectively tackle the various health challenges confronting the nation. During a meeting with the outgoing Country Director of WHO, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, President Alvi praised WHO's contributions to bolstering Pakistan's primary healthcare system and its support for various government initiatives.

Dr. Palitha Mahipala emphasized WHO's pivotal role in advancing Pakistan's healthcare system and providing assistance during critical times, such as last year's floods. He reiterated WHO's commitment to assisting Pakistan in improving the overall health and well-being of its citizens. President Alvi stressed the importance of raising awareness about mental health and early counseling at the household level. He emphasized the necessity of ensuring the availability of a mental health toolkit to address mental stress within families. President Alvi also highlighted the need for establishing robust mental health support systems and improving accessibility to quality mental health services, which would require collaboration from multiple stakeholders.

The President expressed his satisfaction with the positive shift in Pakistani society's attitude towards the rights of individuals with disabilities. He underscored the necessity of concerted efforts to safeguard their rights and inclusion. Dr. Palitha Mahipala commended President Alvi and First Lady Samina Alvi for their commendable efforts in raising awareness about various health issues, including breast cancer, mental health, and the rights of persons with disabilities.

President Alvi commended Dr. Palitha Mahipala for his dedication and contributions to strengthening Pakistan's health sector. He extended his best wishes for Dr. Mahipala's future endeavors.

The meeting highlighted the importance of ongoing collaboration between Pakistan and WHO to address critical health challenges and promote the well-being of the Pakistani population.

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