Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and National Accountability Bureau to jointly spread message “SAY NO TO CORRUPTION”

Islamabad, May 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination appreciated the NAB’s proposal to print “Say NO to Corruption” message on cigarette packs. She also directed the concerned to discuss ways and means for implementing this initiative. This was stated in a meeting with Director General Awareness and Prevention Division NAB Ms. Aliya Rashid today.

Ms. Aliya Rashid apprised the Minister that one of the major issues of developing countries is corruption with its manifestations as bribery, nepotism, embezzlement and misuse of authority, leading to socio economic problems. In Pakistan we are under higher threat from corruption. Therefore there is a need to encourage people to stand up in the fight against corruption. DG (A and P) NAB also apprised the Federal Minister about the initiatives of NAB for creating awareness against corruption.

The Minister of State appreciated the efforts of NAB and assured full cooperation for jointly spreading the message “Say NO to Corruption”. The Minister also suggested NAB to advise all departments to print the message “Say NO to Corruption” on letter heads and files. The Minister told that this Ministry has notified new pictorial health warning of 85% size to be printed on cigarette packs and outers. She also told about the effectiveness of PHWs in deterring youth from taking up smoking.

National Accountability Bureau has intensified its public awareness drive themed “Say No to Corruption. The Bureau is using different forums to spread the anti-corruption message “Say No to Corruption” to the people of the country. After approval from Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Awareness and Prevention Division approached Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Pakistan Tobacco Board for printing “Say No to Corruption” on cigarette packs as large number of Pakistanis are cigarette smokers. Therefore cigarette packs can be good source to spread the message “Say NO to Corruption”.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
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