After Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the government decided to provide Sehat Insaf Cards to all residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The decision was made during a meeting of the National Steering Committee on Sehat Sahulat Programme held at the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) and chaired by Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.
The Sehat Sahulat Programme, according to the government, is the biggest social health protection initiative of the country and moving to achieve the mission of a prosperous and healthy nation. The programme is providing services to 8.4 million families in 90 districts of Pakistan and targeting to achieve 12.5 million families. The KP government has already decided to provide health facility to all the CNIC holders of the province.
Dr Sultan informed the meeting that the prime minister had directed for universal health coverage of all permanent residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as registered in the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
The services which are available under the Sehat Insaf Card include free of cost open heart surgeries, insertion of stents, management of cancer, neurosurgical procures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, intensive care management, deliveries and C-section. Over one million individuals have visited hospitals up till now and 299,000 have been treated for various diseases.
The programme will also provide Rs1,000 transportation cost to its beneficiaries at the time of their discharge from hospital. There is also a provision of burial support of Rs 10,000 per death (if occurs in a hospital). There is the facility of inter-provincial/inter-district portability for availing free of cost services from any empanelled hospital in Pakistan.
Through Sehat Insaf cards, persons with disabilities and their registered families as well as transgenders are also provided with similar benefits without any poverty scoring. It will serve the general public.