PM ANNOUNCES TO EXTEND PMNHP TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a
meeting to review progress on the implementation of Prime
Minister’s National Health Program (PMNHP), here at PM House today.
The Prime Minister said that access to quality health-care services
is the inherent right of every Pakistani, which was unfortunately
denied to them for long. The PM added that it is only through
provision of quality and affordable health services that the nation
can achieve its full potential and gains on the economic and social
fronts. ‘We want to reach out to the poorest of the poor with a
comprehensive package of curative health services, as I believe
that the combination of diseases and poverty could be lethal for
any poor family. We will break this deadly nexus between poverty
and diseases’, added the PM.
The PM directed the Ministry of National Health Services for
extending the programme to the entire country including FATA, GB
and AJK with stringent monitoring system and zero tolerance for
inefficiency at the implementation level. The Prime Minister said
that the federal government will implement the programme in the
entire country as the remote areas of KPK and Sindh are more
vulnerable to diseases and the prevailing poverty in those areas
does not allow people to afford health care facilities.
The Prime Minister said, ‘Our government will ensure sustainability
of this program through uninterrupted and continuous flow of public
sector resources. I do not want the pace of this crucially vital
programme to be hampered by lack of resources as there is nothing
more dearer to me than the success of this initiative’, emphasized
Appreciating the supportive role of NADRA and State Life Insurance
Corporation of Pakistan to this landmark initiative, the Prime
Minister expressed gratitude to all technical partners of PMNHP,
including World Health Organization, World Bank and GIZ.
The Prime Minister’s National Health Program has been launched and
services have been commenced in 11 districts namely Islamabad,
Quetta, Lasbela, Loralai, Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Skardu, Diamer,
Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal and Narowal. So far more than 800,000
families have been enrolled in the PMNHP and more than 12,000
individuals have been treated for various illnesses from empanelled
hospitals. Under the directions of the PM, the programme will now
have a country wide outreach; offering free of cost treatment to
the poorest of the poor.
The meeting was attended by Ms Saira Afzal Tarar, MOS for National
Health, Ms. Mariam Nawaz Sharif, Mr Tariq Fatemi, SAPM and other
senior officials of the government.