PM Imran to launch Sehat Sahulat Programme for AJK today

Programme will provide free of cost financial health protection to poor and marginalised families

Khalid Mehmood December 18, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan: PHOTO: RP


Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to preside the launching ceremony of Sehat Sahulat Programme's universal health coverage (UHC) for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) being held in Islamabad on Friday.

The Sehat Sahulat Program is one of the leading social health protection programmes of the government designed to provide a path to reach Universal Health Coverage in Pakistan.

AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider would also be present on the occasion.

According to reports, the programme would provide free of cost financial health protection to poor and marginalised families to access quality indoor healthcare services from empanelled healthcare facilities.

Through Sehat Sahulat Programme each enrolled family would be provided with a Sehat Card through which will help them access services baring high-cost for treatment of diseases like heart surgeries, cancer, dialysis, neuro-surgical procedures, deliveries (C-sections ) and all medical and surgical procedures for which admission is required.

Currently, the Sehat Sahulat Program was in the process of implementation in more than 90 districts of Pakistan, providing free of cost healthcare services to more than 9 million registered families.

Earlier in November, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that half of Punjab would receive health coverage through the Sehat Sahulat cards by the end of the ongoing year while the facility would be extended to the entire province by 2021.

“This is happening for the first time in Pakistan’s 73-year history that a common man will have health coverage if someone in their family falls sick,” the premier said while addressing a public gathering in Hafizabad after performing the groundbreaking of a university and a 400-bed hospital in the district.

“Even developed countries don’t have a facility like the one that is being provided to the people of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” he added.

The prime minister launched the programme in Swat a day earlier and the entire K-P would be covered under the facility by January next year.


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