ISLAMABAD - The government has planned to double the budget for health and education sectors in the next five years to promote socio-economic development and healthy lifestyle in the country.
Ahsan Iqbal, federal minister for planning, development and reforms, said this while addressing the 23rd biennial international convention of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) here at Convention Centre on Saturday. Over 2,000 delegates are participating in the two-day event.
The federal minister said that more than 60 per cent of the country’s population was youth and they could play an important role in the country’s progress if they were provided facilities. “Throughout our history, the country’s economy suffered during non-democratic eras in which the funds were shifted from social sector to defence sector. On the other hand, much attention was paid to 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,” claimed Ahsan.
The federal minister said that the country was having huge resources and important geographical location as it was located between three important engines of economy — China, South Asia and Central Asia — so there was a need to exploit this situation for the progress of the country.
Earlier, President PIMA Misbahul Aziz addressing on the occasion highlighted various issues being faced by the health professionals. He said that PIMA was established in October 1979 and since its inception PIMA had been striving to achieve its goals. He said that experts from all over the world would conduct special sessions on health advocacy, health policy and medical education in the two days event.