PM Imran Khan addressed the ceremony where he introduced the Sehat card scheme. He said Pakistan was the only country globally launching a unique program to provide free health facilities to its citizens. The premier said health issues were causing economic problems for the people and our vision for the program was to at least relieve them of financial hardship when they were ill. Moreover, he said that if the people were in control of their country, only then did the State achieve the national security goal, but if the people were deprived of their basic needs, how would they think of the nation and the interests of the country.
Free medical treatment at Govt and Private hospitals:
Under the Sehat Card Program, all families in Islamabad, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and Tharparkar will offer free medical treatment in government and private hospitals. Moreover, the Card will enable the whole family to access one million health services per year. Under the Sehat Sahulat Program, Health Card has already been introduced throughout the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Punjab’s Lahore, Rawalpindi, Dera Ghazi Khan, and the Sahiwal Divisions.
Provided the free health facilities :
The program will present to the Citizens of Faisalabad Division on February 9, 2022, the Multan Division on February 22, the Bahawalpur Division on March 2, the Gujranwala Division on March 22, and the Sargodha Division on March 31. All citizens of Punjab province will be provided with free health facilities on March 31, 2022, in more than 700 public and private hospitals across the country.
Makes Punjab a Model Province:
At an event, CM Usman Buzdar said that all 36 districts of the province would be working on the program this year by the end of March. However, he said the Punjab govt was spending R400 billion on the agenda. Moreover, 23 hospitals are being opened in the province, including eight maternity and children hospitals, and upgraded 158 healthcare facilities. However, he said they wanted to make Punjab a model province in the health sector.
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