Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan received The Best Minister Award on Sunday. in recognition to his efforts and achievements in the public health sector.
The award was given by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to Ferozuddin Feroz during a plenary session on the first day of the World Government Summit (WGS) at Madinat Jumeirah on Sunday.
The award recognizes the exceptional efforts of government ministers. It highlights ministers demonstrating excellence in the government sector, implementing successful reforms and inspiring other government leaders and service providers to promote innovation within their domain to better serve the needs of their citizens.
Dr. Feroz was nominated as the Minister of Public Health in early February 2015 by the leadership of the National Unity Government, after receiving the highest number of votes of confidence of all ministers from the Afghan Parliament.
A total of 20 ministers were nominated for the Best Minister Award through a world survey that included several world governments, in addition to public nominations through social media. However, Dr. Feroz has been picked as The Best Minister among eight ministers who had been shortlisted after global due diligence conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC).
On taking up his position as Minister, Dr. Feroz set some priorities and initiated a number of reforms and other changes, with the aim of achieving sustainable, quality results that help improve the health of the people of Afghanistan. He has worked on reducing the mortality rate in Afghanistan for under five-year-olds by 44 percent and on increasing life expectancy at birth by seven years.
His efforts to reduce maternal mortality and increase the immunization of children against polio have also proved to be successful.
Dr. Feroz first joined the Afghan Ministry of Public Health as the Deputy Minister, Policy and Planning in 2002, where he was instrumental in laying sound foundations for Afghanistan’s current health system. He led the development of the first mission statement of the Ministry and of the National Interim Health Strategy 2002-2004.
Dr. Feroz went on to strongly support the development of the Basic Package of Health Services and the Essential Package of Hospital Services. The two interventions that have particularly contributed to the improvement of the coverage of health services throughout the country and have guided health workers in their efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality rates.
With inputs from Gulfnews