LAHORE - Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar Sunday said that working of doctors in hard areas should be compulsory to provide healthcare to people living in far flung areas.

She said this while speaking at 23rd International Children’s Health Conference held at a local hotel. The conference was jointly organized by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan and Hamdard Pakistan School Children.

Saira said that Punjab and Kyber Pukhtunkhwa governments were doing good work in the elimination of dengue and other vector born diseases.

She said that Punjab government had appointed recently 3000 doctors but mostly doctors appointed in hard areas of the province were reluctant to do work.

The minister said that a little change in lifestyle could prevent people for many diseases including dengue. She stressed routine immunization to avert dengue threat which had caused deaths of hundreds of precious lives in country.

Federal government was establishing an international task force with the collaboration of WHO to handle vector born diseases, she added.

Commenting on the International children’s health conference, she said that this step is admirable service to avoid diseases and disseminate awareness globally. She paid a rich tribute to late Hakim Muhammad Saeed for his precious and free of cost healthcare services to people.    

Many children belong to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malysia, Bangladesh besides all across the country participated in the conference.

Federal Secretary Education Muhammad Ahsan Raja, Chairman Hamdard Foundation Sadia Rashid, representative of WHO in Pakistan and others were also present on the occasion.