ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Dr. Nausheen Hamid today informed the National Assembly that the federal and provincial governments had so far paid a total premium of Rs 4.9 billion to insurance companies for providing medical facilities to families living below the line of poverty.
Responding to questions in the House, she said the programme was initiated from the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) on 1st January 2016 and till date, the government had enrolled 3.2 million poor families in 38 districts across the country.
She said a total of 474,000 enrolled families had so far visited authorized hospitals for medical facilities while 101,000 patients had been admitted in the hospitals and provided free of charge indoor services, ranging from open heart surgery to minor disease admissions. She said the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, an insurance provider in the programme, was providing services to the enrolled families at the health insurance premium of Rs 1,300 per family per year.
To another question, she said the Federal Government had established no hospitals for mental health. However, the Pakistan Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and the Federal Government Polyclinic (FGP) had separate psychiatry departments. The psychiatry department of PIMS was functional whereas the posts of that department in the FGP would be filled shortly through the Federal Public Service Commission. She said it is not a fact that 35 percent of Pakistan’s population was suffering from a form of mental disorder.
Fin. Minister briefs PM about talks with IMF
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar, who is accompanying the Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Malaysia, on Tuesday briefed the prime minister about the visit, meetings, and progress till now with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation in Pakistan.
The finance minister informed the prime minister that efforts were being made to settle bilateral affairs with the IMF in such a way which would have positive results on the economy and which could not put a burden on the people, a press release issued by the PM Media wing here said.
He said that progress on meetings held so far with the Fund was encouraging, however, the final decision regarding the bailout package would be made keeping in view people’s interests and vision of the government.
Asad Umar told the prime minister that the IMF programme had no immediate pressure on Pakistan’s economy, adding that understanding Pakistan’s priorities by the IMF delegation was an encouraging step.
Dams: CJP pinning hopes on Overseas Pakistanis
ISLAMABAD: CJP on Tuesday said that Overseas Pakistanis should play a role in the construction of dams in Pakistan.
Expatriates should come forward for resolution of problems of Pakistan besides provision of funds for construction of water reservoirs, he stated while talking to a private news channel.
Construction of dams was imperative for addressing future demands of water in the country, he said. CJP Saqib Nisar said that Mohmand Dam could have been started earlier than the other dams.
Commenting on the justice system, he said that we have a single system in Pakistan for the dispensation of justice.
“While dealing with the cases, we don’t have two systems of justice here, ” he added. He said that Overseas Pakistanis had great attachment and love for their country.
Pinning the hopes of Pakistanis living abroad, he said that they could play a vital role in steering the country out of the present challenges. We are fully capable to resolve the national issues, he stated.
To another question, he said, “We don’t have a selected system of justice in Pakistan.” Giving a message to the people, he said that everyone should have love and respect for Pakistan.
1m Pakistanis benefitted from US grants: CG
PESHAWAR: More than one million Pakistanis in remote and underserved areas have already benefitted from over 200 US government grants designed to improve the economic and social conditions in those communities.
Representatives from Pakistani organizations working in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province gathered in Peshawar to hear about new funding opportunities through a video message by the US Consul General in Peshawar Jonathan Shrier.
In the video message, US Consul General in Peshawar Jonathan Shrier said “This program helps the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa address local problems by implementing community-based solutions that will have both immediate and long-lasting impact. ”These grants were given through the Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative.
The Ambassador’s Fund focuses on high-impact, quickly-implemented community programs. The grants specifically seek to promote culture & arts, improve disaster preparedness, develop small-scale energy solutions, encourage social entrepreneurship, and empower vulnerable populations.
Private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations, and non-government academic research and training institutions – including those led by women are encouraged to apply, he added.