Lahore: Provincial Minister for Finance Mian Mujtaba Shujja ur Rehman has said that health insurance scheme will be launched in the province and Rs.4 billion funds have been reserved for this purpose. He said that initially this scheme is being setting up in four remote districts of the province. The Minister said that huge amount of 7.5.00 billon is being spent on the provision of free treatment and medicines to the poor and destitute in public sector hospitals of the province.
While talking to various delegations of party workers, Mujtaba Shujja ur Rehman said that Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab. He said that by increasing the health budget up to 102 billion rupees, the present government has ensured modern health facilities and free medicines as well as air-conditioning in general wards to poor and resourceless people.
Mujtaba Shujja ur Rehman told that government has focused on the health of infants and mothers and for this purpose Rs.2 billion has been provided in the budget and integrated Reproductive Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition Program is shortly launched in all district of the province whereas, Punjab Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Authority is being established for which legislation is underway. The present government is keen to uplift the rural development, however, these objectives cannot be achieved unless we do not control rapid growth in population beyond our resource, he added.
Mujtaba Shujja ur Rehman informed the delegations that government will ensure supply of standardized medicines to the people and the relevant laws will be strictly implemented, whereas, three Drug Testing Labs DTL are being established at Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore besides two Food Testing Labs will be setup at Faisalabad and Rawalpindi in the government has issued Rs. 15 crore for this purpose.