PR No.197 Launching Of Prime Minister’s National Health Program In AJK Islamabad

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the launching of Prime Minister’s National Health Program in Muzaffarabad for AJK tomorrow. Two districts of AJK i.e. Muzaffarabad and Kotli are included in the program with 82,362 and 79,004 beneficiary families respectively.

The “Prime Minister’s National Health Program” was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Islamabad on 31st December 2015. The scheme is designed for poor families, whose daily income is less than USD 2 (PKR 200), with free of cost access to secondary as well as priority diseases treatment. The annual cover of the scheme is up to PKR 300,000 extendable to PKR 600,000.

In the first phase, the program will be implemented in 23 districts of Pakistan. Muzaffarabad is the second district where the program is launched to provide in-hospital services to around 82,000 poor beneficiaries.

Monitoring and evaluation are the main pillars for the success of the Prime Minister’s National Health Program (PMNHP). A baseline survey has already been completed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to identify the current Out of Pocket (OOP) expenditure of its focused beneficiaries. This survey was conducted with the technical and financial support of World Health Organization (WHO) by Health Services Academy.