CM terms provision of free healthcare a milestone towards welfare state
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said on Tuesday that provision of free healthcare to all the citizens of the province is an important milestone towards establishment of a welfare state.
He said this while chairing a progress review meeting in connection with ‘SehatSahulatProgramme’, held here at Chief Minister’s (CM) House. Chief Minister stated that after the extension of the free healthcare programme to the entire province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first province to facilitate its public by allowing them to use their NIC instead of SehatSahulat Cards which is an important step towards facilitating general public of the province.
At the meeting the CM was informed that dwellers of merged tribal districts would be able to use their National Identity Cards (NICs), instead of Sehat Cards. He was told that under ‘SehatSahulatProgramme’ every household is being provided with free healthcare worth Rs.720000 in designated hospitals.
Mahmood Khan was further informed that the residents of merged districts can use their NICs for treatment in all the district headquarter hospitals.
CM directed the health and information department to undertake efforts for creating awareness among the masses on availing free healthcare and the use of NICs adding that the incumbent government is undertaking all practical efforts to facilitate people of the tribal districts who have been neglected for the past many decades.
He was told that brochures and banners have already been fixed in all the district headquarters hospitals in the tribal districts highlighting the facilities being provided under the SehatSahulatProgramme.
Chief Minister further stated that soon, the provincial government would soon ensure the availability of other essential facilities, including uninterrupted power supply in the hospitals of the tribal districts bringing them at par with other hospitals in the province.