PM launches ambitious National Health Programme


ISLAMABAD, Dec 31 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday launched an ambitious “PM’s National Health Programme” to provide free medical treatment to the poorest of the poor at public and private hospitals.
“It is a step forward towards making Pakistan a real
welfare state,” the Prime Minister said at the launching ceremony of the programme.
The programme aimed at providing quality healthcare has
been launched in 15 districts and would be later expanded to
23 in next phase. Around 1.2 million card holder families would get this facility in the first phase.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Commerce Minister Khurram
Dastagir, Minister of State for National Health Services,
Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of
State for Interior Baleeghur Rehman, Minister for CADD Dr.
Tariq Fazal and Maryam Nawaz Sharif attended the ceremony.
The Prime Minister said the National Health Programme was
fulfillment of one important promise of the Pakistan Muslim
League’s manifesto and said the people will hear more good
news regarding better health and education facilities in the
days ahead.
“We fully realise our responsibility, as we believe that
a healthy nation was the key to a prosperous developed
Pakistan,” Sharif said.
He said under the programme the card holders will be able
to get free medical treatment and medicines up to Rs 300,000 at the designated public and private hospitals. However the Prime Minister said that for those who still need
treatment and were hospitalised could be provided additional
funding for up to Rs 300,000 more through Pakistan Bait-ul-
In this regard he directed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to
look into the matter and said if required, the funding for the
Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal would be further enhanced.