WHO Recognizes Dr. Yasmin Rashid’s Services Against COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the services of Punjab’s Minister for Health, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, and has acknowledged her as one of the outstanding women in leadership in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO’s Representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala said,

Overall, women’s role has been exemplary during the pandemic in healthcare settings around the globe. In recognition of Dr. Yasmin Rashid’s untiring services during the pandemic, we are pleased to acknowledge her among great women leaders in the fight against COVID-19.


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Dr. Mahipala said that this acknowledgment is in line with the 2021 UN theme for International Women’s Day — ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’.

He lauded the efforts of Dr. Yasmin Rashid in using exemplary leadership skills in a crisis situation and remained at the forefront of Pakistan’s fight against the pandemic.

Dr. Rashid said that she is honored by WHO’s acknowledgment and expressed her gratitude for WHO’s continuous support to Pakistan during the pandemic.


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She said,

Health no longer is the responsibility of governments alone. This pandemic amply proves that challenges of the new era, i.e. pandemics/epidemics from corona to polio, overcrowded hospitals, stunted growth, bloodborne diseases (Hepatitis, HIV, etc.), universal coverage, climate change, research & development, and social safety nets are of paramount importance for humanity.

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