Dr. Yasmin Rashid is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018. In 1978, she did her MBBS from the Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore. In 1984, she moved to the United Kingdom and enrolled in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from where received a MRCOG degree in 1989 and a FRCOG degree in 1999. She served as the President the Pakistan Medical Association from 1998 to 2000. She served as president of Pakistan Medical Association Lahore chapter from 2008 to 2010 and has been the chairperson of the Task Force Women Development, andchairperson of the Women Health Committee in Punjab.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid
Primary & Secondary Healthcare Deaprtment has been created with the vision for better service delivery in Primary & Secondary Health Sector.The department believes in all inclusive policy where each team member is an integral part of decision making process and trying to work to best of their potential.We have built a dynamic organizationwhich is a beautiful blend of traditional government processes and modern service paradigm.Togetherwe intend to make Punjab better and healthier.
Zahid Akhtar Zaman
The Government of Punjab has been making substantial investment in the health care delivery system of the province to provide quality and timely services to the population and improve their health status indicators. However, the progress in the achievement of health goals always remains challenging. Major factors that caused poor progress in last decade include lack of planning capacity, weak monitoring and evaluation system, poor implementation mechanism, non-strengthening and uplifting of Health Management Executive Cadre and lack of proper implementation of devolution of powers and absence of coherent strategic and policy direction. There is need to strengthen the system in terms of ensuring strong stewardship, use of evidence for policy and strategy development, governance and accountability mechanism, public private partnership and coordination with national and international NGOs. The promulgation of the 18th amendment to the Constitution, under which the province has acquired the additional responsibility of policy-making and strategic planning, makes it especially imperative to strengthen the governance and stewardship role of the department. It eloquently speaks of the need of an autonomous unit like PSPU that can provide the high quality technical resources and expertise with the capacity to understand current and emerging health challenges for improving policy and strategic planning in health sector. The Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) is mainly responsible for providing technical support and acting as a coordinating body for different initiatives in the field of health reforms in the province. PSPU’s important roles include working as a think tank on designing the reform packages, its implementation process and continuously monitoring the outcomes of interventions. I am of the strong opinion that PSPU can play a more vibrant role as a technical advisory body. Analysis of review of existing strategies and policies by PSPU to develop a comprehensive health policy and strategic framework consistent with the future needs of health department and global aspirations like Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would go a long way to streamline the Punjab Health System Program Director Policy and Strategic Planning Unit.
Dr. Shagufta Zareen
Program Director, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit