Peshawar - In order to make Sehat Card Plus Scheme a comprehensive programme of free treatment, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Wednesday announced to include treatment of more diseases in the scheme including free coverage of OPD services and said that treatment of critical diseases like cancer and kidney transplant had already been covered whereas now free liver transplant has been included in the scheme and in the near future, treatment of other expensive diseases would also be included in the scheme.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of Sehat Card Plus Scheme of the provincial government, the Chief Minister termed the Sehat Card Plus as a great gift and an imitative step of the provincial government. He said this flagship project had been recognised and appreciated at national and international level as well. Now other provinces are also launching health cards in imitation of the provincial government, he said.  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet members Taimur Jhagra, Kamran Bangash, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, MPAs Fakhar Jehan, Sultan Khan and other relevant officials also attended the ceremony.

The Chief Minister termed the Sehat Card Plus as an important step towards accomplishment of Prime Minister’s vision regarding establishment of a welfare state and said that Sehat Card Plus was not only a programme of free treatments but it has been proved to be a complete package of social protection which was also helping to reduce poverty and to raise standard of life of the common man.

Mahmood Khan said the scheme was started on limited scale during the last tenure of PTI provincial government and in 2018, when incumbent government came into power, he decided to extend the facility to the cent percent population of the province which was undoubtedly a difficult task but with the cooperation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, it has been extended successfully to the cent percent population of the province.

CM Mahmood Khan says free liver transplant,

OPD services included in the scheme

Commenting on the relief announced by the Prime Minister for general public, Mahmood Khan said that despite difficult financial situation, the Prime Minister has given a great and unprecedented relief to the people. The provincial government, he said, would also extend its all-out support to this effect. On this occasion, the Chief Minister formally announced inclusion of liver transplant in Sehat Card Plus Scheme and provision of Sehat Cards to all households of the province.

The purpose behind the launching of Sehat Cards was to reassure the people that in case of any ailment, they would have the facility to get free treatment up to Rs1.0 million per household per annum. On the occasion, the participants were informed that during last one year, 6.5 lac people received free treatment facilities under the scheme with cumulative cost of Rs11.5 billion. It was also informed that so far, a total of 9 lac and 53 thousand people have received the free treatment facilities since the launching of Sehat Card Scheme.

Similarly, on monthly basis, about 65 lac people are getting free treatment facilities under the programme. According to a survey, 97 percent people are satisfied with the treatment facilities provided under the scheme. It was told that over 5 thousand cardiac patients have been treated so far under the scheme with a total cost of Rs5 billion.