The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Wednesday launched OPD pilot project under Sehat Sahulat Programme for the residents of Islamabad.
According to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan, said on Wednesday that Prime Minister’s (PM) Sehat Sahulat will be extended to permanent residents of the federal capital Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan by the end of 2021.
While addressing the launching ceremony of Sehat Sahulat Program OPD Pilot Project, SAPM said that this scheme would bring robust improvement in treatment.
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He further said that scheme would enable access to quality health care services to the population and would bring revolution in the health sector of the country. Moreover, the primary healthcare level outpatient services would be provided through general practitioners using the essential package of health services (EPHS), including SRHR and FP services.
Through this project, this facility was limited to selective beneficiaries of Islamabad only during the pilot project.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, the launch of Sehat Sahulat Program- OPD Pilot Project in Islamabad is the right step towards moving with the mission of prosperous and healthy nation along with achieving the goal of Universal Health Coverage, with joint efforts of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, WHO and Marie Stopes Society Pakistan.
Faisal added that “The services available under the programme include open-heart surgeries, insertion of stents, management of cancer, neurosurgical procedures, burn management, accident management, dialysis, and intensive care management, deliveries, C-sections and other medical and surgical procedures.”
The SAPM said that there is also the facility of inter-provincial or inter-district portability for availing free of cost services from any empaneled hospital in Pakistan. The Sehat Sahulat Program was the flagship program through which support and assistance was provided to access free of cost healthcare services.