Donald Blome, the US ambassador to Pakistan, presented the 36 vehicles to Taimur Khan Jhagra, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health minister, on Thursday and stated that the initiative would enhance the provision of primary and secondary health care as well as coronavirus detection and vaccination through better surveillance and monitoring.
“We [US] enjoy 75 years long cooperation with Pakistan. Our country is assisting the host population in addressing their public health issues through disease surveillance initiatives and will continue with it,” the ambassador told the vehicles handing over ceremony here.
According to Mr. Blome, the US has contributed 62 million doses of the vaccine to Pakistan as well as technical help for an efficient response to COVID-19.
According to him, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been plagued by violence, is receiving priority in the US’s cooperation with Pakistan at the federal level.
“We [US] are assisting Pakistan to improve its maternal health and bring down child mortality through various initiatives,” he said.
The envoy said that 27,000 Pakistani doctors had received training from the US.
He claimed that the goal of the USAID Integrated Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery activity was to strengthen health security, enhance equitable delivery of basic services, including care and immunisation for the Covid-19 virus, and increase public confidence in the provincial government’s services.
“We [US] have refurbished and donated essential equipment to 180 primary healthcare facilities in addition to operationalisation of seven more hospitals to make maternal, newborn and child healthcare effective,” he said.