PM’s health pro­gramme

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

NAMRAH KHAN

Eous very year a large num­ber of peo­ple in Pak­istan suf­fer from vari

non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. Due to poverty they are un­able to af­ford treat­ment cost and most of them die. Ac­cord­ing to WHO, Pak­istan ranks at num­ber sixth in terms of the pa­tients af­fected by tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. So the peo­ple des­per­ately need help in their health is­sues. On De­cem­ber 31, 2015, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif launched the Na­tional Health Pro­gramme in the Fed­eral cap­i­tal, Islamabad and in AJK cap­i­tal, Muzaf­farabad, on Fe­bru­ary 25, 2016. On May 2, 2016 PM launched the NHP in Quetta, the cap­i­tal of Balochis­tan. Un­der the pro­gramme the treat­ment would be of­fered at both pub­lic and pri­vate hos­pi­tals with Rs. 50,000 on PM’s card for treat­ment of com­mon dis­eases and 300,000 for treat­ment of se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions. This limit could be ex­tended to Rs 600,000 if funds run out dur­ing treat­ment at hospi­tal. Prime Min­is­ter’s NHP is a mile­stone to­wards so­cial wel­fare re­forms; en­sur­ing that the iden­ti­fied un­der­priv­i­leged cit­i­zens across the coun­try get ac­cess to their en­ti­tled med­i­cal health care in a swift and dig­ni­fied man­ner with­out any fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions. The NHP is a bright­en­ing hope for the peo­ple of Pak­istan. We hope it will not dis­ap­point the poor pa­tients.

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