Over 4500 patients benefitted from PM’s Health Programme: Saira

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 7 (APP): Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday said more than 4500 patients had benefitted from treatment facilities, including cardiac surgeries, cancer and other major diseases, under the Prime Minister’s National Health Programme.

The programme, she said, was launched in December last year to provide quality health services to the poor and marginalized free of charge. Some 180,000
families had been enrolled in different districts till date under the programme, she added.

The minister was speaking here at a national consultation
regarding implementation of Sustainable Development Goals for Health organized by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and World Health Organization.

She said recognizing the interdependence of health and
development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided a comprehensive plan of action for ending the injustices that supported poor health and development
outcomes.

The minister said,”The SDGs agenda for development is not an international agenda; it is our own agenda. It reflects our ambition and desire to give our people better quality of life.”

The Health Ministry, she said, reached an agreement with the
provinces on the National Health Vision. The vision, which is in sync with Vision 2025 recognizes that despite extensive healthcare infrastructure, there are many constraints to scaling up essential health services, she added.

Saira said the Prime Minister had announced construction of a number of new hospitals across the country which would add more than 10,000 beds to the existing pool.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Planning,

Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said,”We have to strive hard to achieve the goals set in the SDGs in our own interest.”

He said only a healthy society could be a productive one and
contribute to growth of the economy.

He mentioned the Seven Pillars of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 and
said they were fully aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.