All transgender eligible to avail health facilities: Mirza

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Sohail Majeed Butt

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on Health Regulations Dr. Zafar Mirza has made it clear that every transgender registered with NADRA, will be provided with Sehat Insaf Card.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday,  he said that the government is committed to protect the basic rights of the transgender community.

He said that the decision would further improve the soft image of the country in the world.

Dr. Mirza said that this registration system at NADRA would be linked with the office responsible for issuing health cards to provide them this facility without any hurdle and on immediate basis.

He asked all members of this community to start registering them as transgender with the NADRA to avail free health facility from the state. He added that NADRA has been asked to provide maximum assistance to them in their registration process.

He said all community members have to declare them as transgender and in this regard a simple procedure would be adopted as only their personal confirmation is enough. “There is no requirement or documentation from any other office in this regard.”

Dr Mirza said those transgenders who were earlier registered as male or female with NADRA could now change their identity as this one-time option has been allowed to them by the government.

He said that NADRA would fully serve all transgender who would change their identity as their identification portion is now included in national identity card.

He said a total of 6.8 million families have been provided with the Sehat Insaf cards and the government is making efforts to target all the 15 million deserving ones by the end of next year.

He said Sehat Sahulat programme was launched in 84 districts where a total of 300 private sector hospitals have been providing health services to deserving.

Dr. Mirza said on the direction of Prime Minister, all families are being given Sehat Insaf cards in Tharparkar and tribal districts while around 50 percent of the country’s people living below the poverty line, would be benefited with the scheme.

He said, by the end of next year, the facility of Sehat Insaf Card will be extended to fifteen hundred thousand families which are below the poverty line.

He said, “The decision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to issue Sehat Insaf card to transgender was historical as they have similar right to have access to all basic health facilities.”

He said under 2018 act, the government is responsible to ensure their basic rights including provision of basic health facilities, access to education provision of jobs etc.

He added that they are the most vulnerable segments of the society and the incumbent government has taken the responsibility of transgender community to give them a sense of ownership.

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