PM launches Naya Pakistan National Sehat Card for Punjab

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched the distribution of health cards under the Naya Pakistan National Sehat Card project for Punjab starting from Lahore

The health cards will enable every family in the province to avail medical treatment of up to Rs1 million per year at both government and private hospitals

Addressing the launching ceremony, the premier said that this was a 'revolutionary step'

"None of the governments in the past took such a bold decision of providing Rs1 million health insurance to the entire population,” the PM said

Read: UCs to compile data for Sehat cards The premier lauded the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, the health minister and the whole team involved in the project

"The Punjab government has moved on a course that will uplift the country in pursuance of the forefathers’ vision to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state," he said

The premier further added that under the programme about 30 million families will benefit from the health insurance facility, which will cost Rs400 billion to the government

"Our forefathers had dreamed to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state but unfortunately it could not be developed on that course," PM Imran said

He added that unfortunately, no welfare state was formed in the Muslim world after Madinah and, in fact, the Scandinavian states were close to that model "Denmark, Norway and Sweden always believed in inclusive growth and had compassion for the weaker segment," he said

"Any individual or nation abiding by the teachings of Allah Almighty will get His blessings," he added

He said that Pakisan has more resources than all the Scandinavian countries but they were more prosperous by having adopted the model of a welfare state

“Today, the Punjab government took a step to put the country on the course of uplifting this nation… We want to turn Pakistan [into] what it was established for

If we don’t opt that course, it will be great treachery with the Indian Muslims who had voted for it,” he remarked

The premier added that some leaders in the past claimed to make Pakistan an Asian Tiger, which could in no way be greater than the idea of a welfare state like Madinah

The prime minister told the gathering that time will prove that the initiative of Sehat Card, involving almost equal funding, will have far better outcomes than the Metro buses or Orange Train

He said all families across the province will get the Sehat Card by March and also resolved to replicate the model in Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan

Read More: Taxing time: A closer look at the finance bill The prime minister said the Sehat Card will lead towards the development of health infrastructure across the province as it will attract the private sector to build hospitals even in remote areas

He said the government will close down the government hospitals in far-flung areas where the doctors did not want to be posted to save the cost

He also said the government will incentivise the private sector by allowing duty-free import of medical equipment to expand the network of private hospitals

'Silent revolution' The prime minister told the gathering that a silent revolution was in the making through the government’s initiative of housing construction loans by banks for the salaried class after the government removed all the impediments

He said that people had applied for loans worth Rs260 billion out of which Rs110 billion had been approved and Rs34 billion disbursed already

Under the Kamyab Pakistan Program, PM Imran mentioned that around two million people had been given interest-free loans for house building

Moreover, a loan of Rs0

5 million was also being given to the farmers and others to establish their own businesses

Through the Ehsaas Ration scheme, almost 54% of the population was being given a 30% subsidy on the purchase of ghee, flour and pulses

Read Also: PM terms Shehbaz’s speeches as ‘job applications’ Earlier, the prime minister also distributed Sehat Cards among the beneficiaries

In his address, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said the provincial government had allocated Rs399 billion for the health budget compared to Rs169 billion from 2013-18

He said 23 big hospitals were nearing completion, the up-gradation of 158 health facilities had been completed and 78 projects were in the pipeline

The minister also informed that the provincial government was spending Rs37

5 billion on the purchase of medicines

Moreover, Buzdar stated that the government will soon fulfill its commitment by filling 100,000 vacancies

Date:01-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link