US to assist Pakistan in setting up a Centre for Disease Control following ‘health dialogues’

Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel, accompanied by a four-member delegation, reached Washington for the talk.

US to assist Pakistan in setting up a Centre for Disease Control following 'health dialogues'

Pakistan and the United States (US) are all set to hold their first-ever health dialogue in Washington. During this, the two nations would discuss initiating a Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel, accompanied by a four-member delegation, reached Washington for the talk. Director of the Pakistan Desk at the US State Department, Neil W. Hop remarked at an event of Pakistani physicians that the dialogue would be the biggest-ever health talk between the two nations.

Health dialogues

While the delegation itself comprises only four members, a significant number of Pakistani health officials and experts will participate in the event virtually.

Ambassador Masood Khan and other Pakistan Embassy officials will join the delegation. On the other hand, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) experts will take part in the talks at the State Department. Other participants include officials from the Health and State Departments.

The two countries have prepared a brief agenda for the talks, which will target strengthening bilateral cooperation in the health sector. It will have seven sessions on:

  1. non-communicable diseases
  2. maternal and child health
  3. COVID-19 engagement
  4. childhood immunization
  5. global health security
  6. establishing a CDC in Pakistan
  7. regulatory engagements

In a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy, it was remarked that the event is a befitting way to celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

What is CDC?

The US CDC is a federal agency, which played a fundamental role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and making antiviral vaccines to control it.

The main aim of the agency is to protect public health and safety by controlling and preventing disease, disability, and injury in the US and worldwide. Its focus remains on curbing infectious diseases, occupational safety, educational activities, and environmental health to improve the lives of Americans.

The CDC also conducts thorough research and provides information on non-infectious illnesses like diabetes and obesity.

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