By: Saeed Yousuf
QUETTA: Secretary Health, Asmat Ullah Kakar has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the ongoing blood safety system reforms in Balochistan, because in Balochistan the blood related diseases ratio is very high, as caused by many demographic, water and genitival problems along with others. It is to be ensured that within the available resources safe blood be provided along safe and quality assured screened blood to all. The Secretary was talking to a high-level WHO delegation who called on him at the Civil Secretariat. He welcomed the delegation and briefed them about the overall performance of health department.
On the occasion Additional Secretary Health Abdul Rauf Baloch, along with other high officials were present on the occasion while the WHO, delegation included Professor. Cees Th. Smit Sibinga, WHO Consultant, Dr. Yetmgeta Abdella, WHO Blood Safety Head in EMRO, Dr. Zulfiqar Khan, WHO Pakistan, Professor. Javaid Usman, Consultant SBTP and Dr. Usman Waheed, Technical Expert SBTP.
The WHO delegation appreciated the Health Secretary for recent inauguration of the Regional Blood Centre in Quetta in the first phase of the project. They also briefed about the objectives of the mission including provision of technical support in reviewing and initiating the process of updating the blood regulatory system and to agree on priorities for technical assistance for strengthening the blood transfusion.
The Secretary lauded the efforts of the World Health Organization in strengthening the regulatory part of the blood transfusion services and assured his full support and cooperation.
Prof. Nadeem Samad Sheikh, Director Balochistan Blood Transfusion Programme, Dr. Qais Mahmood Sikander, WHO Balochistan, Dr. Zulfiqar Baloch, Deputy Director Balochistan SBTP and Dr. Rahim Jan, Manager Regional Centre were also present on the event.
Published in The Balochistan Point on April 20, 2017