ISLAMABAD (APP) - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Health Sherry Rehman said on Friday that health sector is key to the government's agenda for social sector development. "Our government is strongly committed to facilitating an efficient, accessible and affordable health system to respond to the health care needs of the nation," the Minister said during a meeting with a visiting US delegation. The delegation from the US Chamber of Commerce led by Daniel W. Christman, the chamber's Senior Vice President for International Affairs, called on the federal minister here. Talking about the issues and challenges concerning the health sector of Pakistan Sherry Rehman said that low resource input, lack of policy framework and absence of linkages between various components of health delivery mechanism are key challenges restricting the growth and service delivery capacity of the country's health sector. "The current government has initiated the process of correcting the distortions in the health sector. We are working on creating and strengthening linkages between structures and components of the health sector. We are also revisiting our vertical programmes to identify weak areas and improve their efficiency and scope." The Minister informed the US delegation that a National Task Force on Health Policy was constituted weeks after the new government was formed. "The task force is working on developing a framework to guide and set direction for the broad areas of country's health sector. We have participation from leading physicians and public health representatives from all across the country. Their recommendations will cover the broad spectrum of concerns and challenges related to the health sector," she added. Sherry Rehman emphasized that affordability and accessibility are two important priorities of the drug policy structure being pursued by the government. "Our policy decisions for drug pricing are guided by our commitment to protect consumers interests while also facilitate a favorable environment for investment in the pharmaceutical sector." She said that the government is expanding the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) programme initiated by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in 1994. "The LHW programme is the backbone of country's health sector. It has made the most valuable contribution in implementing government's  healthcare programmes while also serving to the primary healthcare needs of the communities at their doorsteps. We are raising the strength of the LHWs doubling their number to 200,000. The first phase of the programme's expansion has already been carried out." Sherry Rehman informed the delegation of the recent visit of the US Secretary of Health. She said Pakistan and the US government have had a series of meaningful interactions and both sides are keen to explore avenues for investment and development of Pakistan's health sector.