'PM's Health Programme To Be Launched In Punjab This Month'


'PM's health programme to be launched in Punjab this month'

LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) : Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafique has said the Prime Minister's National Health Insurance Programme will be formally launched in Punjab by the end of this month for which arrangements have been finalized.

He stated this while addressing a meeting along with State Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar to review the arrangements of launching the health insurance programme at Civil Secretariat here on Tuesday.

The officers of Federal Ministry of Health, Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical education Punjab Najam Ahmed Shah, Special Secretary Health Dr Sajid Mahmood Chauhan, CEO Punjab Health Initiative Management Company (PHIMC) Dr Saira Siddique and others attended the meeting.

Salman Rafiq said in the first phase, four districts i.e Rahim Yar Khan, Narowal, Khanewal and Sargodha had been included in the Health Insurance Scheme. During the meeting, the launching plan of the insurance scheme in Punjab was finalized.

It was briefed by the CEO PHIMC that the insurance cards distribution in Rahim Yar Khan has been started which will be officially inaugurated by the end of September and within two months, in the remaining districts the distribution of cards would be completed.

Kh Salman Rafique said in the four nominated districts 1.3 million families would get free medical facilities under the Health Insurance Programme. He said the Punjab government had allocated Rs 1.5 billion for the scheme which would be spent through Prime Minister's National Health Insurance Programme.

He said that districts monitoring officers would be recruited to monitor the system. He said in the next phase four more districts would be included in Health Insurance Programme, including Lahore and Faisalabad. Kh Salman Rafique revealed the Punjab government was planning to provide health cover to all the poor population of all districts of Punjab in coming year.