Aamer Kiani launches free testing and treatment services for Katchi Abadi residents

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani on Wednesday launched free testing and treatment services for the residents of Katchi Abadi France Colony in Islamabad.

In this context, the health minister visited special free camp established by the Ministry of Health.

The minister said that our government is cognizant of the risk posed to health of people by hepatitis C and TB including infectious diseases when these diseases effect to poor people they are pushed into further poverty. He said that the president government is committed to poverty alleviation and focus of our vision in health sector is the poor segment of society.

Aamer Kiani said that the ministry has already inaugurated a “Model Center for Infectious Diseases Control” in Islamabad Capital Tertiary (ICT) on March 02, 2019.

The center is called a model center because it will be dedicated for the screening, testing and treatment of hepatitis c patients with integration of other infectious diseases like Tuberculosis (TB). The center has been established in federal Government’s Civil Surgeon Dispensary G-7/3. T

The minister said that it will be an innovative center because for the first time the underserved population (of almost 100,000 individuals) living in the slums of ICT will be screened for Hepatitis C and TB at their doorstep and those found positive for hepatitis c and TB will be referred to this center of free of cost testing, treatment and follow up.

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The center is equipped with the latest diagnostic machines like GeneXpert and medicines which have more than 95% cure rates with almost no side effects.

The idea is to provide good quality testing, treatment and free Health services to the patients under one roof.

The health minister said that our government has launched the Sehat Saholat Programme under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan which will ensure quality free health services to the masses.

The minister said that there is special focus on Islamabad to make it a model city for health. In this context, Rural Health Centers and Basic Health Units are being revamped to provide quality services to the residents.