PM: (PM launches National Health Programme)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that launching of health insurance program is fulfilment of another promise by PML-N Government.

He was addressing the launching ceremony of Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program here on Thursday. He said first ever in the history of Pakistan, free medical treatment is being provided to the deserving people.

The Prime Minister said he desires the launching of same program in all provinces. He said treatment facilities in both private and government hospitals will be provided.

He said negligence in the program would not be tolerated at any cost. He appreciated the efforts of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and State Minister for Health, Saira Afzal Tarar in launching of this program.

The Prime Minister also announced that fuel prices would remain unchanged. The programme is aimed at providing quality healthcare to the poor in public and private hospitals.

Initially the programme is being started in 15 districts of the country. Under the programme health care cards will be issued to the beneficiaries on which they will get free medical treatment of seven diseases. 1.2 million card holder families will get this facility in the first phase. The Prime Minister was given detailed briefing about the programme.

Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Khurram Dastagir, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rehman, Minister for CADD Dr. Tariq Fazal and Maryam Nawaz Sharif were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony Minister of State for Health Saira Afzal said that public-private programme will provide free health facilities to the poor segment of the society. She said Rs 09 billion have been allocated and the health facility will be for every citizen of Pakistan who has less than Rs 200 daily earning.

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