In a major achievement, PTI’s Sehat Sahulat Card has been featured in a prestigious international medical journal called The Lancet.
According to the details, The Lancet published an article titled,” Sehat Sahulat: A social health justice policy leaving no one behind” where the success of the program, especially in the KPK region, was talked about.
The article highlighted the progress of the Sehat Sahulat Program (SSP) and also noted that there are still opportunities for improvement. Nevertheless, the article called the investments made in health care coverage “laudable”.
“Despite some challenges with the SSP, Pakistan’s recent investments in healthcare coverage are laudable, especially when considering that much wealthier countries have not been able to achieve this sort of coverage for their populations,” the article said.
“We also must recognize that this program emerged in a region where there was little prior experience with health insurance, and thus the exponential expansion in KPK from a small pilot project to a program implemented at the entire provincial level is a substantial achievement,” it further added.
The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is the world’s highest-impact general medical journal, and one of the oldest. Therefore, the article on SSP published in The Lancet is a huge achievement as the journal has an acceptance rate of only 5%.
Pertinent to mention that SSP was introduced by the previous government of PTI which has been praised for providing universal health coverage. PTI’s welfare programs have gained international recognition, for instance, the Ehsaas Program which had a research paper published on it by Stanford University.
Proud moment for PTI
KPK’s Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra shared the article published in The Lancet and called it a “proud moment.”
‘Proud moment: KP Sehat Card hailed in The Lancet, the world’s most prestigious medical journal; called a “substantial achievement” since “much wealthier countries haven’t been able to achieve this”,’ the KPK Finance Minister said.
“Maybe why Maryam wanted it stopped at all costs,” he further added.
Proud moment: #KPSehatCard hailed in The Lancet, world's most prestigious medical journal; called a "substantial achievement" since "much wealthier countries haven't been able to achieve this."
Maybe why Maryam wanted it stopped at all costs.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) October 19, 2022
The incumbent PML-N-led federal government has been accused of stopping the SSP launched by the PTI government. Moreover, an audio clip of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz was released where she could be heard insisting that the Sehat Card should be shut down.