Improvement in health sector still a big challenge

KARACHI: Secretary Health Sindh Iftikhar Shallwani on Saturday said current healthcare scenario in Sindh province is still a big challenge for the provincial authorities but health department officials have potential to improve the overall situation with better management skills.

He shared these views while talking to media in connection upcoming three-day Sindh Health & Nutrition Festival, at his office here Saturday.

Iftikhar Shallwani said: “We have resources and equipments to provide healthcare facilities to general public in far-flung areas of the province but due to same management problems, we are not able to achieve our targets and goals”.

He claimed health department officials have potential to bring improvement in the healthcare sector across the province by applying modern management skills. He said peoples of Sindh will see at least 25 percent improvement in healthcare sector within a year.

He said major issue remains to be the lack of awareness among the populace about the importance of nutrition, health and family planning. He said health department Sindh has decided to celebrate the month of April as a Healthy Sindh month (Sehat Mand Sindh) with aim to educate people about importance of nutrition, family planning and vaccination.

In this connection, the health department is organizing a three-day Health & Nutrition Festival in Tharparkar to create awareness and educate the local population with the three basic themes: nutrition, family planning and immunization or vaccination. He said the festival will start from 8th April and continue till April 10, 2015.

Shallwani announced that World Health Day being observed on 7th April every year and the health department is celebrating this day with pledge to eradicate polio and make Sindh polio-free. He said efforts are under way to reach out to children who remain deprived from polio vaccination.

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