Insurance programme importance stressed by Health Minister

LAHORE – State Minister for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the masses would be the direct beneficiaries of Health Insurance Program to be launched next month. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of American Heart Association Roll Out 2015 and talking to the media at Regional Centre of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan yesterday, she said that the government was also improving emergency services at public sector hospitals. President CPSP Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, Senior Vice President Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof Mahmood Ayaz, Dr Ahmed Aziz Qureshi and Dr Ibrar Ashraf Ali were also present.

Saira Afzal Tarar said that the government would support all efforts of strengthening of medical institutions that would ultimately help improving service delivery. She urged the provinces to fulfill their responsibilities after devolution of the health sector. She urged the provinces to focus on training and capacity building of healthcare providers including nurses, LHVs and LHWs. She said that resolution of problems of healthcare providers should be the top priority of the provinces as it was linked to the human health. She said that landslide victory of the PML-N in local government polls showed confidence of the masses on the government policies. She was all praise for the CPSP for services of its fellows in Pakistan and abroad. She said that such institutions were helping the government of realizing dream of appointment of consultants at DHQ/THQ hospitals. She said that presence of specialist doctors in rural areas was the right of the masses. AHA will issue certificates on successful completion of instructors’ courses. After which new guidelines on AHA will be implemented in the country.

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