Islamabad - A meeting of the national assembly standing committee on national health services, regulations and coordination was held under the chairmanship of Khalid Hussain Magsi to consider “The HIV/AIDS (safety and control) Bill 2013” and other issues.

The secretary national health services regulations and coordination briefed the committee that Pakistan has a concentrated HIV epidemic. The HIV was first diagnosed in Pakistan in 1986 and it was estimated that there were around 84,000 people living with HIV by the end of 2013.

The HIV/AIDS (safety and control) bill, 2013 was referred to the standing committee for its consideration. The bill was extensively examined through several rounds of consultations by technical experts from UN agencies and civil society representatives with diverse background and experiences.

The state minister for national health services, regulations and coordination apprised the committee that the government is going to establish Federal Health Commission in near future and the Health Insurance Scheme would also be initiated very soon. The interim reports of the sub-committees were presented to the committee for its approval.

The committee appreciated the efforts of the subcommittees and after due consideration unanimously approved the interim reports of the sub-committees. The committee was of the view that the subcommittees have almost completed their task assigned to them and the remaining work would be worked out by the committee itself. As a result, the committee unanimously dissolved all the five subcommittees.