Karachi: Senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr Farooq Sattar on Wednesday urged the government to increase the health budget for provision of quality and better health facilities to masses in Pakistan.
He expressed these views at the inauguration ceremony of Institute of Public Health project which was started by Association of Physicians of Pakistan-descent of North America (APPNA). The institute will be affiliated with Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU).
Dr Farooq Sattar said government should spend money on preventive measures to control the spread of diseases. He urged the government to increase health budget like defence budget because current health budget is not enough to provide better healthcare facilities of general public.
He said ratio of diseases is increasing day by day not only in Karachi but also in other parts of Pakistan and the government is not giving priority to preventive measures. He asked the government to focus on preventive measures to control the further spread of diseases which will decrease the ratio of diseases in the country.
Vice-Chancellor JSMU Prof Dr Tariq Rafi highlighted the two-year performance of university and said varsity had promoted the culture of merit.
President APPNA Dr Jawed Suleman said new Institute of Public Health will provide better healthcare education facilities to students. He said institute will cover public health, research and preventive measures to control the spread of diseases.
Earlier, JSMU with collaboration of APPNA organized an awareness walk was which led by Pakistan People Party leader and Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza.
A larger number of doctors and students participated in the walk. The aim of walk was to create awareness about diseases and preventive measures to check them.