Prime Minister (PM) Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif launched the PM’s National Health Program with aim to providing free of cost healthcare to the poorest of the poor, an official press release read on Thursday.
The scheme to be launched initially in two districts of AJK – Muzaffarabad and Kotli would benefit 82,362 and 79,004 families respectively, press release explained.
The ‘Prime Minister’s National Health Program’ was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Islamabad on December 31 last year, further elaborated in the press release.
The scheme is designed for poor families, whose daily income is less than USD 2 (PKR 200), with free of cost access to secondary as well as priority diseases treatment.
The annual cover of the scheme is up to PKR 300,000 extendable to PKR 600,000.
In the first phase, the program will be implemented in 23 districts of Pakistan.
Muzaffarabad is the second district where the program is launched to provide in-hospital services to around 82,000 poor beneficiaries.
Monitoring and evaluation are the main pillars for the success of the Prime Minister’s National Health Program (PMNHP).
A baseline survey has already been completed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to identify the current “Out of Pocket” (OOP) expenditure of its focused beneficiaries.
The survey was conducted with the technical and financial support of World Health Organization (WHO) by Health Services Academy. – Kashmir Image.