PM Health Insurance to cover entire Balochistan: Federal Minister

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QUETTA, May 25 (APP): Federal Minister for Commerce, Eng. Khurram  Dastagir said that Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed for giving special priority to Balochistan in Prime Minister National Health Insurance Scheme and added that the scheme gradually would cover entire Balochistan.

He said this while visiting Offices of State Life Insurance Corporation  and Customs, here on Wednesday.

He said: “On the desire of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister  National Health Insurance Scheme was designed in order to provide help to needy and poor people to get treatment of fatal diseases on government expenditures,” adding that following the instructions of the Premier, the National Health Insurance Scheme would gradually cover entire Balochistan.

He said that millions of people from all federating units and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan would get benefits from the Prime Minister National Health Scheme.

“The registered persons will be given National Health Card, under  which they will avail free of cost treatment at hospitals as the government will bear their expenditures in this regard.” he said.

He said that standard land port would start functioning in border town  of Chaman from July this year where all required facilities would be provided. He said that officials of Customs, FIA and Ministry of Commerce had been directed to provide people with all available facilities to immigrants on Pak-Afghan Border Gate in Chaman.

He said that the incumbent government had been making practical efforts  to further strengthen friendly and trade relations with neighboring countries including Iran and Afghanistan.

Collector Custom Balochistan, Saeed Jadoon, Zonal Chief, State Life  Insurance Corporation, Muhammad Aurangzeb and the Sector Head for Balochistan, Nasir-ud-Din Mengal were also present.