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PM orders setting up special units for provision of health cards

his project worth $807 million will be completed by 2024.  Source: PID/PM's Office.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the federal and provincial governments and the State Life of Pakistan to set up special units to monitor the implementation of Sehat Sahulat Card programme.

Chairing a review meeting on the historic initiative in health sector, the prime minister said for the first time, a government had launched a comprehensive health project to facilitate the weaker segments of society.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the relief being provided under the health card scheme and said it would encourage the private sector hospitals to join hands with the government and ensure provision of health services in rural and remote areas.

He directed the authorities concerned to project the programme effectively in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to apprise the common man of its benefits.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant Dr. Shahbaz Gul, Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, federal and provincial secretaries of Health Department and other senior officials.

A detailed briefing was given on the provision of health cards in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with the number of beneficiaries and the expenditure incurred.

The meeting was informed that through the Sehat Sahulat Card Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, millions of people had benefited through admission of 210,200 patients at various public and private hospitals, with Rs. 5.3 billion spent on their medical treatment.

The meeting was informed that the health card catered to the treatment of 26 diseases, including the expensive cardiac treatment. In Punjab, around 8.5 million households have been given health cards.