Sehat Sahulat Programme to be extended to ICT, Punjab, GB: Dr Faisal

ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services (NHS) Dr Faisal Sultan on Thursday said that Sehat Sahulat Programme will be expanded for entire population of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), all districts of Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Addressing a Sehat Sahulat Programme, he said the health ministry, regulations and coordination along with government of Punjab had started process for the procurement of insurance company for the year 2022-2025 to implement Sehat Sahulat Programme.

Dr Faisal Sultan said that procurement process for Phase III of the programme has been concluded on Thursday by the “Financial Opening of Proposals’’ in presence of evaluation committee, media representatives and other dignitaries. 

Additional Secretary NHSRC Nabeel Awan, CEO Federal Sehat Sahulat Programme Muhammad Arshad, Senior officials of Health Department of Punjab government were also present on the occasion. 

Dr Faisal Sultan further conveyed that Thursday was the financial opening day and after this contract will be awarded to the selected insurance company for the next three years to carry out this huge task of Universal Health Insurance in Pakistan. 

SAPM says programme has already covered all permanent residents of newly-merged KP dists, Tharparker, AJK

He said that from 31st December 2021, Sehat Sahulat Programme and Quami Sehat Card will be gradually expanded to all permanent residents of ICT, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Dr Faisal Sultan said the programme had already covered all permanent residents of newly-merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, District Tharparker, Sindh, entire Azad Jammu and Kashmir along with persons with permanent disability and transgender community.

He said the programme is 100% funded by the government of Pakistan and participating provincial governments. He also hoped that governments of Balochistan and Sindh will also join Universal Health Insurance in near future to materialise our dream of National Universal Health Insurance by providing Quami Sehat Card to each and every citizen of Pakistan to protect them against catastrophic healthcare expenditure of millions of rupees for serious issues like cardiac surgeries, cancer treatment and renal failure etc. 

Nabeel Awan, Additional Secretary NHSRC, said that through this Social Health Protection initiative all permanent residents of said areas will be provided with free of cost health insurance to secure indoor health care services from empanelled hospitals through a very transparent and computerised mechanism. 

Muhammad Arshad, CEO Federal Sehat Sahulat Programme, said that services which are being provided by ‘Quami Sehat Card’ include open heart surgeries, insertion of stents, management of cancer, neurosurgical procedures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, intensive care management, deliveries, C section and other medical/surgical procedures up to the limit of Rs1 million per family per year. There is facility of inter provincial/inter district portability for availing free of cost services from any empanelled hospital in Pakistan.

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