Media must project Sehat Card initiative, its benefits: State Minister
Hydropower generation to reach 20800 mw after completion of 10 under construction dams: Farrukh
ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib has said that the media must fulfil its social and moral responsibilities by projecting the Sehat Card initiative, so that people could benefit from it through free treatment in hospitals of their choice.
He was talking to the media on Sunday after visiting Mian Muhammad Trust Hospital. He also asked the patients at the hospital who were getting treatment through Sehat Card at the hospital. He interacted with a patient who complained that she had deposited Rs 3000 as admission fee in the hospital. However, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Rizwan, promised that the amount would be returned to the complainant soon as it was received before verification of the Sehat Card facility.
He said that around 900 hospitals had been registered so far, which would provide free medical treatment facility on Sehat Card. Out of those, 35 hospitals were in Faisalabad district. In this division, 3.2 million families would get benefit from Sehat Card scheme, he said and added that 40 million families had so far received the card in the country while two million card holders had enjoyed the facilities so far.
He said that Sehat Card scheme was first launched in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) where 900,000 families were registered. In Punjab, this scheme was launched in May 2020 and 30 million families comprising 120 million population of the province would be registered for Sehat Cards up to March 31, 2022.
He said that the scheme had already been launched in Lahore, Sahiwal and Rawalpindi divisions, while in Faisalabad it was inaugurated on Feb 9. He said that the Punjab government had allocated Rs 400 billion for the project and each family would be entitled to get medical treatment up to Rs 1 million on Sehat Card.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said on Sunday that after the construction of 1967 Tarbela Dam, now Prime Minister Imran Khan was constructing ten big dams in Pakistan which would enable the country to generate cheap power.
In his tweet, the Minister of State said that these projects would increase the production of hydropower from 9500 mw to 20800 mw. He said that an international conference under the aegis of Water and Power Development Authority would be held tomorrow which would be attended by dams’ experts from many countries including Australia, Switzerland, United States, China and Turkey.