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PM orders setting up special units to ensure provision of health card in Punjab, KP

According to PM Khan, the health card scheme will provide relief to the population. Therefore, he ordered the Federal government to set up special units to monitor the scheme's implementation.

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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 program.

Chairing a review meeting on the historic initiative in the 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.

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

Read more: 250,439 patients received free treatment under KP Sehat Card

He directed the authorities concerned to project the program effectively in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting so as to appraise 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 the 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 the admission of 210,200 patients at various public and private hospitals, with Rs. 5.3 billion spent on their medical treatment.

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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 card.

Courtesy: APP

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