Gujar Khan: Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, highlighted U.S.-Pakistan cooperation in the healthcare sector during her visit to Mandra Rural Health Centre in Gujar Khan Tehsil Headquarters Hospital today. Dr. Wyatt met with doctors, healthcare workers, patients, and community members. Located about an hour outside of Rawalpindi, the facility specializes in community-based care for pregnant women and newborn children.
As part of its Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN), the U.S. government funded renovations to the centre’s labour room, donated an ambulance to the centre, remodelled residence units for healthcare workers so they can provide 24-hour/seven-days-a-week care, and trained healthcare workers. Key to the success of the project was the involvement of female healthcare workers, who formed support groups of pregnant mothers and conducted regular meetings where the women learned how to take care of themselves and their babies.
During a tour of the Centre with Dr. Khalil, the Senior Medical Officer, and Dr. Nabeela Ali, whose work was instrumental in creating the centre, Dr. Wyatt stated, “Mandra Rural Health Centre is a good example of what Pakistan and the United States can accomplish in the healthcare sector when we work in partnership with each other and the community.
I commend Dr. Nabeela for her efforts, Dr. Khalil and the Centre’s team for the excellent work they are doing, and the Government of the Punjab, that has put its own resources into the Centre and has been solely responsible for its operation for over a year. Together we have built a centre of healthcare excellence worthy of the community it serves.”
PAIMAN was a six-year, $92.8 million project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that worked in 24 districts across Pakistan, including Gujar Khan.
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