Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch his health card scheme in Rajanpur today. According to Radio Pakistan, 800,000 people of Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh districts will be provided health cards by the end of next month.
“At least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will also get health cards by the end of 2019,” said provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid. Earlier, PM Imran had launched the Sehat Insaf Card for people living in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Addressing the ceremony, PM Imran said that having access to free healthcare is perhaps “the biggest blessing from God for a household of lesser means”.
“For such a family, when a member falls ill, it is a bombshell. As it is, the earning member feeds the others with a lot of difficulties. With someone getting sick, the whole budget gets upset, and they fall deeper into poverty,” he had said.
Stating that the health cards will alleviate poverty, PM Imran said, “We want to aid and safeguard the poor segments of the society by issuing health cards.”
Under the programme, Rs720,000 will be allotted for every household. “At least in their difficult times they can have the consolation that they have the health card,” the prime minister had said, adding that a family can use the card at any hospital in any city and receive treatment worth that amount.