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Health sector is an important priority of PTI government: Usman Buzdar

Lahore, February 22, 2019 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that health sector is an important priority of the PTI government. Rajanpur district is lucky that Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has graced the occasion for the launch of Sehat Insaf Card. This shows that Prime Minister has so much affection and regard for the people of southern Punjab and I welcome him to the land of Khawaja Farid.

He was addressing the launch ceremony of Sehat Insaf Card at Rajanpur on Friday. The Chief Minister said that unlike the past, Punjab government believes in equivalent progress of every city and citizen of the province. Rajanpur is situated at the confluence of Balochistan and Sindh provinces and it would not be wrong to term it as ‘the gateway of Punjab.’ Both Rajanpur and DG Khan are backward districts of the province and the past government did nothing for the development of these districts.

He regretted that the development process remained limited to a few districts during the last ten years. An amount of Rs. 96 thousand per head was spent in Lahore while this amount was only Rs. 4000 per head in Rajanpur. The southern Punjab was deprived of development because of such discriminatory attitude, he added. He said that PTI government will eliminate this divide and southern Punjab will be brought at par with the central Punjab with regard to development. The Rajanpur will be made a model district, he added.

The Chief Minister said that DHQ Hospital, THQ hospitals, basic health units and rural health centers are being upgraded in Rajanpur districts and round-the-clock medical facilities will be available there. Similarly, mother-and-child hospital will also be established and the people living in remote areas like Rojhan, Rajanpur and Suleman Range will be given such healthcare and educational facilities which are available to the people of Rawalpindi and Lahore. He assured that no geographical discrimination, with regard to development, will be made in the tenure of PTI.

We will develop the backward areas and their conditions will be totally revamped under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that deserving families will be entitled to enjoy healthcare facilities up to Rs. 7.20 lakh every year. 30 percent population of Punjab province will be given health cover through Sehat Insaf Card and two lakh and 13 thousand deserving families and one million needy people of Rajanpur will be provided quality healthcare facilities through this program.

As much as 1.2 million families and 6.3 million people of Rajanpur, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh and Multan will benefit from this program, he said. He said that daily one thousand rupees will be given to the patient for visiting the hospital for the first time and in case of death, the heirs will be provided Rs. 10 thousand. Usman Buzdar said that Rajanpur is his home and he is fully aware of the problems of the area. A university should be established in Rajanpur along with the provision of sui-gas.

There are some law and order problems in the riverine area but all the problems of the district will be solved and I will also continue visiting this area. The government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan will equally treat every citizen, he added. The Chief Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for the release of Pakistani prisoners during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince and added that we are thankful to him for this noble cause because a majority of the prisoners belong to the Punjab province.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2
E-mail: info@dgpr.punjab.gov.pk
Website: www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk

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