PM launches health insurance facility for Islamabad residents
Civil, criminal law reforms to ensure speedy justice: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched the Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card, phenomenal health insurance for the residents of Islamabad with the facility of medical treatment up to one million rupees in a year.
Under the scheme, all households of Islamabad, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and Tharparkar will be provided free medical treatment at government and private hospitals.
The prime minister at an event held in Islamabad distributed the health insurance cards to the beneficiaries, terming the facility an ambitious program to facilitate across the board population.
Addressing the occasion, he said universal health coverage was available in a few countries across the world, where the government fully covered the health expenses.
In Pakistan, he said, the launch of such a facility was a “landmark step” to accommodate the people bearing the burden of expensive medical treatment.
He said the philosophy behind the Qaumi Sehat Card was in line with the goals of a socio-welfare State.
Also, national security is in fact linked with the welfare of people who are made stakeholders in the interest of the State, he added.
“This will prove as a defining moment in the improvement of healthcare services in Pakistan,” he said.
Imran Khan said the health card was a defining moment in encouraging the private sector to join the medical network especially in rural areas and create an environment of competition for the public sector hospitals to improve their services.
He said Rs 450 billion would be spent on the health insurance program.
He mentioned that the government was establishing five mother and child hospitals in view of the high mortality rate of neonatal and pregnancy complications.
The prime minister said the Rehmatul Lil Alameen Authority would also highlight the way of life of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) who emphasized empathy for the poor and deserving.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar said 56 hospitals had been impaneled in the province to provide medical insurance facilities in 36 districts.
He said the entire population of Punjab would get medical insurance by March 31.
PM’s Special Assistant on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said the health insurance facility was being given to the citizens of the country for in-patient medical treatment for several diseases related to heart, cancer, neurological surgeries, accident, trauma, and others.
He termed the health card a step towards the achievement of the goals of a socio-welfare State.
A special song prepared by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting titled ‘Khushion Ka Jahan Pakistan Sub K Liye’ (Pakistan, the place of happiness for all) sung by renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was played on the occasion. Meanwhile to another official commitment, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the government was making reforms in the civil and criminal laws system so as to ensure effective and speedy justice to the citizens.
Chairing a high-level meeting on civil law reforms, the prime minister said for the first time since 1908, the government was making changes in the law to bring improvement to the dispensation of justice.
The prime minister said no government in the past ever thought about reforming the century-old laws in order to maintain the status quo and accommodate the elite.
He said during the tenure of the present government, the judiciary was enjoying complete freedom.
He said prompt and guaranteed delivery of justice was directly linked to improved governance.
The meeting was briefed in detail on the reforms implemented during the three-year tenure and the future course of action.
It was highlighted that the provision of inheritance certificates would start from January 2021 in Islamabad, June 2021 in Punjab and Sindh, and December 2021 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Also, in Balochistan, the work is in full swing on the passage of this law.
So far, a total of 10,485 households have received inheritance certificates under the new system (over a period of 15 days).
In 12 countries, 22 counters have been set up at Pakistani embassies abroad to issue inheritance certificates.
The meeting was also informed that under the law for the protection of women’s inheritance rights, around 136 out of 198 cases were decided in Islamabad, 122 out of 810 in Punjab, and 78 out of 421 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Under the said law, the provision of inheritance to women is being ensured. The prime minister directed the implementation of reforms on a priority basis, strengthening linkages and enhancing cooperation between the institutions.
The meeting was attended by federal ministers, Farogh Naseem, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Special Assistant Dr. Shahbaz Gill, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar, Parliamentary Secretary Law Ministry Maleeka Bukhari, and senior officials.