Nawaz in­au­gu­rates Na­tional Health Pro­gramme for AJK

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Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Thurs­day said he re­garded serv­ing the masses a sa­cred duty and the ob­jec­tive of his gover­ment was only to en­sure wel­fare of the peo­ple. Ad­dress­ing the launch of PM's Na­tional Health Pro­gramme in Azad Kash­mir, the Prime Min­is­ter said launch of the scheme was a dream come true as pro­vi­sion of qual­ity health­care to those who can­not af­ford it, was part of his party's man­i­festo.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the pro­gramme ini­tially has been im­ple­mented in 23 dis­tricts of Pak­istan and said it would be ex­tended to other ar­eas in phases. "We be­lieve pol­i­tics is meant only to serve the masses, and we are do­ing it as a sa­cred duty," the prime min­is­ter said. He said a lot of work has been put in be­fore the health in­sur­ance scheme saw the light of the day and was launched ini­tially in Is­lam­abad on Dec 31 last year. He said so far one pa­tient has un­der­gone a heart by­pass op­er­a­tion and said it was a ma­jor step for­ward to­wards pro­vid­ing free health­care ser­vices.

He said the scheme also cov­ers liver trans­plant, di­a­betes treat­ment and other ail­ments. The Prime Min­is­ter lauded all those in­volved in the scheme and said serv­ing the poor was a great ser­vice to the na­tion. He said this scheme has been launched in Azad Jammu and Kash­mir and those peo­ple who could not af­ford costly med­i­cal treat­ment can get it now free of cost from the govern­ment.

He said that Muzaf­farabad was the se­cond district where the pro­gramme was launched to pro­vide in-hos­pi­tal ser­vices to around 82,000 poor ben­e­fi­cia­ries. He said the health in­sur­ance scheme was tai­lor-made for the down­trod­den as he re­alises that a per­son in a fam­ily can need upto Rs 0.3m for heart treat­ment, and if he does not have enough re­sources, he will end up get­ting more poor as the bur­den of loans pile up.

"It is our en­deav­our to en­sure that the peo­ple do not have to sell their house hold goods and even prop­erty to get med­i­cal treat­ment." He said there was a need to in­vest more into this vi­tal area so as to lessen the suf­fer­ings of the peo­ple.

The prime min­is­ter said that all those who re­ceived their health cards to­day would be able to avail the ser­vices from the same day. He said work was un­der­way to ex­pand the ser­vices in en­tire Azad Jammu and Kash­mir.

He was par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­cia­tive of the hard work put in by Maryum Nawaz and Min­is­ter for Na­tional Health Ser­vices Saira Afzal Tar­rar and said he was pleased to note that in this pub­lic ser­vice en­deav­our all political par­ties like PML-N and PPP were stand­ing to­gether. The Prime Min­is­ter also an­nouced on the oc­cas­sion pro­vi­sion of two buses and Rs 100 mil­lion for the Muzaf­farabad Med­i­cal Col­lege. The event was at­tended by the Pres­i­dent AJK Sar­dar Yaqub, Min­is­ter for Kash­mir Affairs Bar­jees Tahir and Maryam Nawaz. AJK Pres­i­dent Sar­dar Yaqub lauded Nawaz Sharif for strongly high­light­ing the cause of Kash­miris at in­ter­na­tional fora.

He men­tioned that the govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif car­ried out sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects in AJK, of which the Lap­top Scheme and Fee re­im­bur­sa­tion scheme were sig­nif­i­cant. He said in 67 years for the first time the AJK got a med­i­cal col­lege dur­ing this ten­ure which was named af­ter the Kash­miri leader Mir Waiz.

AJK Prime Min­is­ter Chaudhry Ab­dul Ma­jeed said the launch of Na­tional Health Pro­gramme in AJK was a mile­stone and ex­pressed con­fi­dence that it would ben­e­fit the masses. He re­quested Prime Min­is­ter Sharif to ex­tend the do­main of the Health Pro­gramme to the ar­eas along the Line of Con­trol.

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