Health Minister directs to expedite launch of Prime Minister’s National Health Program in Mardan

June 06, 2017

 Islamabad: June 6, 2017: Presiding a meeting on Tuesday under direction of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar directed to expedite launch of Prime Minister’s National Health Programme in district Mardan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Minister of State directed official of her ministry to start services for 33,000 beneficiaries of district Mardan at the earliest. She said in line with  the vision of the Prime Minister to provide universal health coverage to all population her ministry will leave no stone unturned to provide highest quality services to the beneficiaries. She also appreciated the efforts made by State Life team, under the leader ship of its Chairman Naveed Kamran Baloch, in helping her Ministry to implement the Programme.

The meeting reviewed the current status of Prime Minister’s National Health Program. The meeting was also attended by Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, Secretary Health, Dr. Hashim Popalzai, Additional Secretary, Dr. Assad Hafeez, Director General Health, Dr. Faisal Rifaq, Director Technical, Nadeem Bessey, GM State Life and Mohammad Ashar, Project Incharge State Life.

Minister of State was informed that services for the 300,000 families of district Thatta, Sujawal, Hyderabad (Sindh) and Kohat (KP) has been started from 1st June 2017. She was also informed that around 140,000 families of Bajour and Khyber Agency (FATA) have been enrolled in the program while more than 1,000 have been treated from various empanelled hospitals across Pakistan. She was also informed that Khyber Agency is one of the district where highest ration of Coronary Artery Bypass (CABBAGE Procedure) has been recorded among program beneficiaries.

As per directives of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s National Health Program is working to provide free of cost indoor health care services to the families living below poverty line of $ 2 per day. The program has so far enrolled 1.1 million families in 21 districts and have provided services to more than 23,500 individuals through 92 empanelled hospitals.