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Dastgir for taking benefits of health programme to remote areas

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has directed the State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC) to extend the facilities of Prime Minister’s National Health Programme (PMNHP) to the far-flung and less developed areas of the country so as to provide the poorest of the poor with quality health services.

The minister made these remarks while receiving a presentation by SLIC Chairperson Nargis Gilloo on the efficacy of the programme.

The minister directed the chairperson to start preparations for launching the health programme in Skardu, Kech and Loralai to ensure maximum registration of deserving people in these areas.

He also passed instructions that SLIC should seek the services of military hospitals in connection with the health programme in those remote areas where there were no quality hospitals.

The programme is operational in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and Quetta, where 3,724 have been treated for minor and major diseases and surgeries have been conducted, while claims of 64,175,908 have been incurred.

There are seven hospitals on the panel of the Programme in Islamabad, seven in Muzaffarabad and five in Quetta, while efforts are underway to bring more hospitals on panel.

Dastgir also directed the SLIC authorities to remove any administrative bottlenecks to extend the programme to the tribal areas of the country too by coordinating with the civil and military authorities of the areas.

The Programme will be launched in Punjab and the first district selected for the purpose is Raheem Yar Khan in southern Punjab, where the registration of deserving persons has started.

The meeting was informed that NADRA conducted a customer satisfaction survey of the persons availing the Programme facilities and reported a customer satisfaction level of 80 percent, while 12.
6 percent expressed non-satisfaction and 6.
9 percent did not comment.

Total 1,393,078 verified persons have been registered with the health programme all across the country who will all be receiving the facilities soon.

The minister directed the SLIC administration to streamline the registration process to make it speedy and free from any bogus registrations.

He said that success of the programme depended on ensuring that deserving persons had been registered and that all the processes were transparent.

Source: The Nation

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