Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister, Shahram Tarakai has said that “Sehat Sahulat Programme” launched by the present provincial government is the first ever health insurance scheme which benefit 0.7 million poor and deserving people of 0.1 million households of the province.
He has termed it as a revolutionary step of the present provincial government and said that the scheme will not only ensure free medical treatment facilities to the poor segment of society but will also help reduce poverty ratio in the province.
He expressed these views while addressing the launching ceremony of “Sehat Sahulat Programme”, a health insurance scheme of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa held here on Tuesday.
He said that his government was fully cognizant of the importance of health and its important role in human development and added that Sehat Sahulat Programme would help the government to develop and maintain smaller and well target system of health care financing to serve people who would not be able to pay for healthcare expenditures.
“Strengthening the health sector and providing basic health care facilities to the people of the province is at the top of the provincial government’s priorities and that is why it has undertaken a number of initiatives in health sector aiming at providing quality healthcare facilities to the people at their door steps which are yielding very encouraging results”, Shahram maintained.
He termed the “Sehat Sahulat Programme” as a need of the hour and said that besides providing free treatment facilities to the poor segment of society, it will also help improve their living standards.
The Senior Minister revealed that a mega project was going to be launched soon to change all the District, Tehsil Headquarters hospitals of the province in to State of the Art hospitals to be completed in six months period.
He reiterated his government resolves to ensure implementation of all the health reforms initiatives and said that no compromise would be made in this connection.
“Transparency has properly been taken care of in the issuance of health insurance cards and only deserving people could get these card”, Shah claimed. He thanked the German government for its financial support for the health insurance scheme.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak who was chief guest on the occasion formally launched the scheme by giving “Sehat Card” to a poor patients of district Mardan.