Health and Education budget to be increased by 100% in the next five years-Ahsan Iqbal

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PIMA Conference at Islamabad attracts over 2000 delegates

Health and Education budget to be increased
by 100% in the next five years-Ahsan Iqbal

Special sessions organized to discuss health
advocacy, health policy and medical education

ISLAMABAD: The government has planned to double the budget of health and education in next five years for promoting socio economic development and healthy lifestyle in the country. More than 60 percent of the country’s population was youth and if provided facilities they can prove to become important elements of country’s progress. This was stated by Mr.Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms while inaugurating the PIMA’s 23rd Biennial Convention held at Islamabad recently. He also commended the efforts of PIMA for organizing a conference to highlight health issues. He stressed the need to adopt innovative approach to keep pace with the development of other countries in the world.

Prof. M.Anis along with Dr. Misbahul Aziz President PIMA(Centre) presenting a
Mementoes to Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister who was the chief guest 
at the PIMA Biennial Convention organized at Islamabad last month.

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal was of the view that through out the history, the country’s economy suffered during non democratic eras in which the expenditures were shifted from social sector to defense sector. On the other hand, much attention was given towards development of infrastructure while the software i.e. human resource development was totally ignored and as a result the country could not progress in accordance with its potential. Increase in growth rate was must for the survival of the country. “If we do not grow at 7 8 percent, we will be in great trouble,” he added.
Pakistan’s economy he said, has been growing at average of 5 or 5.5 percent which is not sufficient adding that if “we have to put the economy on right path, we need a decent growth”. Pakistan, he further stated, has tremendous resources and important geographical location as it was located between three important engines of economy the China, South Asia and Central Asia, so there is need to exploit this situation for the progress of the country. Pakistan can become key element for regional growth provided it fully taps its potential, he added.
Earlier, Central President PIMA Misbahul Aziz in his speech highlighted various issues being faced by the health professionals. PIMA, he said, was established in Oct, 1979 and since its inception PIMA has been striving to achieve its goals in professional and spiritual strengthening of doctors, calling its members and associates towards Islamic way of life through its regular training workshops and seminars.
During the conference special sessions were planned on health advocacy, health policy, and medical education which had experts in the relevant fields as speakers. Other highlights of the scientific programs included 18 parallel sessions where numerous important issues related to healthcare were discussed in detail. The speakers in the first day session included Khalil Ur Rehman Chishti, Ex Chairman PSC Abdullah Jan, Prof. Abdur Rashid Abdul Rehman, Prof. Anis Ahmad, Prof.Ishaq Masood, Prof. Saeed Akhtar and Dr Saeedullah Shah.
Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq was the chief guest in the concluding session of the conference while Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Siraj ul Haq and Oriya Maqbool Jan were the guests of honour. Addressing the participants, Raja Zafar ul Haq stressed on the unity of Muslim e Ummah. He felt that if something better can be done for Muslim Ummah, it can be started from Pakistan.
Senior Minister KPK Government and Amir Jammat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq said that Muslim Ummah is going through various crisis and divided in various sects. He said that this time it is a big challenge for us to bring all the Muslim at one platform. We do have a nation and talent but we need sincere dedicated leadership. (PR)