MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday launched the Prime Minister’s National Health Programme aimed at providing free of cost healthcare to the poorest of the poor.
The scheme to be launched initially in two districts of AJK – Muzaffarabad and Kotli would benefit 82,362 and 79,004 families respectively.
The “Prime Minister’s National Health Programme” was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Islamabad on December 31 last year.
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 programme will be implemented in 23 districts of Pakistan.
Muzaffarabad is the second district where the programme 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 Programme (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.