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Provision of health facilities to poor mandatory, not optional: PM

–Says socio-economic uplift of Balochistan top priority
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that provision of quality health facilities to the poor is mandatory, not optional.
The prime minister said this on Friday while chairing a review meeting on provision of quality health facilities to deserving people under Sehat Sahulat Programme in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
He said that the provision of quality healthcare to people, particularly weak segments of the society, is a priority of the government. He directed the Punjab health minister to review universal health coverage initially in two major cities of Punjab on the pattern of KP.
The premier was informed that the Sehat Sahulat Programme has been expanded to all 36 districts of Punjab and so far, about 5.1 million families have been registered under this programme. Under the programme, every deserving family is being provided health cover worth Rs720,000, he was told.
The meeting was apprised that a total of 80,389 people have so far benefited from the program this year.
PM Imran applauded the efforts of the concerned officials and said that a significant increase in enrolment of masses in the programme has been witnessed in the recent past. He said that they are also planning to launch universal coverage of health facilities under the Sehat Sahulat Programme for two cities of the Punjab province.
Separately in a meeting with Balochistan Minister for Education Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, who called on him on Friday, PM Imran said that socio-economic development of Balochistan is one of the top priorities of the government.
The premier said that every possible step will be taken for the development of the backward areas of Balochistan and rehabilitation in the flood-affected areas.
They discussed the overall situation of the province, flood-affected areas, including rehabilitation measures in Nasirabad, mega-development projects, progress on Sukleji Dam and issues related to the party.