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FAISALABAD: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated the Sehat Insaf Card program for Faisalabad and Chiniot at a ceremony held at Punjab Medical University in Faisalabad on Friday.
He also distributed Sehat Insaf Cards among the deserving people. In an address to the ceremony, the chief minister said that approximately seven million families and 3.5 crore people will be benefited from Sehat Insaf Cards. Around 30 percent population of the province will be provided health cover. 22 percent population of Faisalabad and 23 percent population of Chiniot will get free treatment facilities through this program, he added. He said that disfranchised segments of the society deserve special attention of the government which is responsible to provide best treatment facilities to them. The government has launched Sehat Insaf Card program through Sehat Sahulat program in the province and I am thankful to Allah Almighty for providing an opportunity to serve the indigent strata, he said.
Usman Buzdar said that Sehat Insaf Card is a wonderful initiative which has been launched by the Prime Minister himself and added that the PTI government is working with full dedication and commitment for the welfare of the impecunious strata. Shelter home is another unique project for people by the PTI government, he added. He said that quality healthcare facility will be provided free of cost to every card holder and its family in private hospitals. Maximum ceiling of health card is Rs.7.20 lakh which can be increased in case of need and the government will also bear expenses for transportation of health card-holders to hospitals. Treatment facility for eight different diseases, as well as accidents, will be provided free of cost through this card and free follow-up facility will also be provided besides the provision of medical consultation with regard to the health of mother & child, surgery and emergencies without any cost.
The chief minister said that Rs.152 billion will be spent on 500 development schemes of Faisalabad division. It is our commitment that every city will be made the best in every respect. He said that eastern waste water treatment plant will be constructed in Faisalabad with an amount of Rs.19.33 billion. This plant would also be helpful in saving lands from water-logging along with irrigating the land and provision of clean drinking water to the people. He said that Allama Iqbal Industrial Estate will be set up under Faisalabad Industrial Estate, Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) adding that FIEDMC will herald industrial revolution in the province. Allama Iqbal Industrial Estate is the only CPEC project in Punjab where more than 150 Chinese companies will invest. He said that the PTI has come into power with the commitment of public service adding that it is burning midnight oil to achieve this objective.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that past governments invested in buildings and bridges but the incumbent government is investing in human beings which will make the country strong. She said that Sehat Insaf Cards are being issued to 4.11 lakh families in Faisalabad and 88 thousand families in Chiniot. Secretary Specialized Health Momin Agha said that Rs.7.20 lakh are being given for treatment through this card and added that this program has been launched in 21 districts. Around 3.5 crore deserving people will be issued Sehat Insaf Cards by the end of this year. Punjab government is constructing nine new hospitals while emergencies of 13 hospitals are being upgraded during the current year, he added. Later, the chief minister inaugurated latest ICU in DHQ hospital Faisalabad. Provincial ministers Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Ch. Zaheer-ud-Din, Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad, Ajmal Cheema, federal parliamentary secretary Farrukh Habib, members of the parliament from Faisalabad and Chiniot, Secretary Specialized Health and Medical Education and others were present on the occasion.