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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Jan 26, 2017

Punjab MPs constitute Cross Party Parliamentary Caucus on Health

More than 20 Punjab Assembly legislators have announced to form a Cross Party Parliamentary Caucus on Health to resolve health related issues of inhabitants especially of rural areas across the province.

The announcement in this regard was made at the concluding session of the consultative meeting of ‘Empowerment, Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition’ organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in coordination with EVA-BHN here on Wednesday.

MPAs Dr Nosheen Khalid, Abdul Razaq Dhilon, Awais Qasim and Najma Afzal while representing other parliamentarians present at the session announced formulation of the Provincial Parliamentary Caucus on Health.

On this occasion, MPA Dr Najma Afzal said introducing necessary legislation and improved implementation on existing policies would be top priority for this shared platform of the parliamentarians in the provincial assembly.

She said lawmakers of the caucus on health would work on budgetary recommendations while demanding more allocations for the health sector.

Dr Nosheen Khalid said working together for a common cause and to provide better health facilities to people of the province would be a matter of pride for all the members of the caucus.

MPA Abdul Razaq Dhilon said the parliamentarians in Punjab Assembly would raise genuine demands of people at grass-roots level during the parliamentary business.

Earlier, Dr Abid Qayyum Sulehry, Executive Director SDPI ,addressing the session, said health facilities, malnutrition and lack of drinking water were the contributing factor behind the low IQ level of children.

He said health problems should be dealt with a multi-sectoral approach whereas private sector was also needed to approach to play its role for improving health facilities under its corporate social responsibilities.

In his address, Deputy Mayor Lahore Metropolitan Ejaz Hafeez welcomed the step and said the parliamentary caucus was needed to raise genuine demands of people at grassroots level.