PMA stresses health equity on World Health Day

04:08 PM, 9 Apr, 2024
PMA stresses health equity on World Health Day

KARACHI: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), a professional body representing physicians and healthcare providers nationwide, reaffirms its commitment to improving healthcare standards for all citizens, especially in remote areas and among low-income Groups on World Health Day.

In a statement marking World Health Day, PMA (Centre) Hon Secretary General Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro underscored the organization's efforts to ensure the well-being and provision of rights to both medical professionals and the public.

Dr Shoro emphasized the significance of this year's theme, "Building a fairer, healthier world," and the accompanying slogan, "My health, my right." He says this theme draws attention to the healthcare scenario in Pakistan, urging equitable access to quality healthcare for all citizens.

Highlighted the prevailing health disparities in Pakistan, particularly affecting individuals in rural areas and low-income communities, he says these inequalities hamper access to essential healthcare services, a critical issue that demands urgent attention.

Addressing the need for health equity, Dr Shoro stresses the importance of raising awareness and ensuring every individual's right to optimal health and well-being.

He called for increased government investment in the health sector to enhance infrastructure, expand healthcare facilities, and ensure the availability of essential medicines and treatments.

Dr. Shoro also urged initiatives aimed at training and retaining healthcare professionals in underserved areas, essential for bridging the gap in healthcare access.

He calls upon PMA members to strive for health equity as it was their collective responsibility as healthcare professionals. Dr Shoro urges active participation in community outreach programs, health education campaigns, and collaboration with policymakers to create a healthcare system that leaves no individual behind.

On World Health Day, Dr. Shoro urges all citizens and stakeholders to unite to create a fairer and healthier world by embracing the slogan "My health, my right" and reaffirming the commitment to equitable access to quality healthcare.