islamabad - Minister of State for National Health Service Saira Afzal Tarar telephoned a number of beneficiaries of Prime Minister’s National Health Programme (NHP) to inquire after their health and the quality of treatment being provided to them.

The minister made random calls to patients namely Shenaz Bibi, Khalida Parveen, Kausar Bibi, Shahreen Nasreen and Afzal Hussain under treatment in different empanelled hospitals of Prime Minister’s National Health Programme. One of the patient Kausar Bibi expressed satisfaction over the facilities being provided to her.

Talking to the media, the minister said there was a need for stringent monitoring of the programme to ensure that the beneficiaries get the services promised by the programme. She said she will personally visit empanelled hospitals and not relying on the reports to see firsthand the issues, challenges and performance of the personnel involved in the programme and the management of respective hospitals. She reiterated in unequivocal terms that no slackness or under performance by any official will be tolerated. She said that the programme stands for the rights of the poor and any element creating impediments in programme implementation will be dealt with.         

The minister said that best medical treatment be ensured to each beneficiary in line with vision of the Prime Minister and spirit of the Programme. She called upon all involved in the programme to work with utmost dedication to realise the noble objective.

The minister gave instructions to the hospital to take all possible measures to provide quality services to the poor beneficiaries of the program.

So far 400 patients visited the empanelled hospitals, out of about 56 have been admitted. Toll free number 080009009 has been established for information regarding the program and complaints if any.