PESHAWAR: As many as 7.47 million people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are registered under Sehat Insaf Card scheme and entitled to get free healthcare facilities, the provincial assembly was told on Tuesday.

KP Minister for Health and Finance Taimur Salim Jhagra told the Assembly that free of cost healthcare facility is being given to the people of KP irrespective of their political affiliation. He said cancer and heart diseases are being treated through Sehat Insaf Card.

In Peshawar, he said, as many as 757,000 people are benefiting from this facility. He said free medical facilities are being provided to 600,000 people in Mardan, 598,000 people in Swat, 445,000 in Swabi, 432,000 in Abbottabad, 419,000 in Charsadda, 343,000 in Nowshera, 336,000 of Dera Ismail Khan and 30,000 in Torghar. The minister said Rs1,941.539 million has been allocated for healthcare services in Mohmand tribal district of which Rs308.162 million has been released, while Rs308.162 million has been spent so far.

The minister said ban has been imposed on recruitments in health sector as the government is working on the new plan to appoint staff on vacant posts.

Global breastfeeding month

The KP Health Department in collaboration with UNICEF Tuesday organised the launching ceremony of global breast feeding month to create awareness and highlight benefits of breastfeeding.

The event titled “Protecting Breast Feeding, A Shared Responsibility” also highlighted constraints faced by mothers in practicing optimal breast feeding. The purpose of the ceremony also included starting series of month-long provincial and district level activities including awareness walks, orientation sessions for healthcare workers, teachers, religious scholars and mothers besides engaging electronic and print media to spread objectives and key messages of the campaign.

Chairman KP Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health Rabia Basri, who attended the event as chief guest, stressed for a more integrated approach and consolidated efforts to create awareness among people regarding benefits of breast feeding.

Director General Health Services Dr Niaz Muhammad said ceremonies and events would be held in breastfeeding month at district level to create awareness and promote breast feeding.

Speakers said that breast feeding reduces maternal and child morbidity and mortality and that the breast-fed children have higher intelligence and greater immunity level.

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