‘Insaf Medicine Card’, a step forward to establish welfare state like Madina: CM Buzdar


LAHORE, Nov 22 (DNA): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said
that the government is speedy heading towards its goal of establishing a
welfare state like Madina, and projects like Punjab Ehsaas Programme,
Sehat Insaf Card and now Insaf Medicine Card is a proof of the fact.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Insaf Medicine Card, held at the CM
Office, on Sunday, he distributed Insaf Medicine Cards among patients of
Hepatitis, AIDS and TB at the ceremony.

Usman Buzdar said that under the Insaf Medicine Card, a project of
providing free medicines to Hepatitis, AIDS and TB patients had been

He said that in the first phase of the project, free medicines would be
provided to 9,862 AIDS patients, 23,560 Hepatitis and 70,047 TB

He said that a simple procedure had been adopted to facilitate patients,
adding that under the procedure patients would be biometrically verified
along with the original ID card from the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital or
District Headquarters Hospital concerned.

“Completion of the procedure and after the diagnostic process, Insaf
Medicine Card will be issued to the patient,” he added. He said the
patient would be able to get free medicines from the centres concerned.

The chief minister ordered for establishing separate desks for
Hepatitis, AIDS and TB patients in hospitals. A total of 174,882
patients in 36 districts of Punjab would receive Insaf Medicine Cards,
he said.

He thanked Allah Almighty for giving him a chance to serve the ailing
humanity, adding that the day was not far away when every citizen of
Punjab would have access to free treatment in public sector hospitals,
which was a commitment of the PTI.

Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Secretary
Primary & Secondary Health, Secretary Information and other officials
concerned were also present.