Tarar launches health programme in Khushab

Staff Report
Thursday - February 8, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Health minister Saira Afzal Tarar launched prime minister’s national health programme in district Khushab, on Wednesday, and distributed health cards to deserving families enrolled under the programme.

According to an official statement, speaking on the occasion she said the programme launched in Khushab will benefit 85,000 families, of the district, who are poorest of the poor. They will be able to get free of cost quality health-care from both public and private hospitals that have been empaneled by the programme.

She said it was the vision of her leader, ousted prime minister (PM), Nawaz Sharif to ensure that no poor is deprived of quality health-care due to lack of resources.

Tarar said as of January 31st, 2018, more than 1,655,657 families have been enrolled in the PM’s national health programme and more than 56,000 families have been treated for various illnesses from 125 empaneled hospitals across Pakistan.

There is also an option of inter district portability in the programme which enables the enrolled beneficiaries and families to access quality indoor hospital services from any empaneled hospital, both in public and private sector.

Each enrolled family will be ensured up to Pak Rs 50,000/- per year for secondary care treatments and up to Pak Rs 250,000/- per year for 7 priority care treatments.

Admitted patients who have consumed their limits will be provided with additional limits by Pakistan bait-ul-mal.

This excess limit coverage will be applicable on obstetric patients and patients in emergencies. A very stringent monitoring system through central management information system (CMIS) is being used to monitor the program activities in real time.

The system has been developed in collaboration with national database and registration authority (NADRA) and is being used for quick decision making with real time implementation.

The programme enjoys a high level of client satisfaction rate of more than 94 percent. This satisfaction rate has been assessed by NADRA as a third party monitor. Call center of NADRA randomly calls discharged patients / beneficiaries and gets their feedback on especially designed questionnaire to assess their satisfaction.

Due to these rigorous in-built monitoring systems the health programme has been lauded by different international bodies included world health organisation (WHO) and Asian development bank, she concluded.