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Dr Yasmin Approves Appointment of New Task Force for Punjab Mental Health Authority

-- Says Sehat Insaf cards for widows being planed

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LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid approved the appointment of new Task Force in third meeting of the Punjab Mental Health Authority at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Tuesday. 

Present in the meeting were Additional Secretary (Technical) SHME Department Dr. Salman Shahid, Additional Secretary PSH, Executive Director Punjab Institute of Mental Health Dr. Ashraf, Dr. Altaf, Professor Javed Chaudhry, Dr. Rajina whereas Dr. Sara and Dr. Roohi attended via video link. Dr. Ashraf presented the agenda items of the meeting. The Minister approved the appointment of the New Task Force and also directed the officials to expand services of Mental Health to the community level.

The Minister said, “The registration of patients suffering from mental illnesses is a key milestone. The offices of Board of Visitors must be set up at Divisional Level. There is dire need to create awareness in society about mental illnesses and their treatment. A separate helpline for information and registration will be set up. The Punjab Mental Health Authority Act will be revised. Clinical Psychologist must included in the Board of Visitors. The capacity and performance of Punjab Mental Health Authority is being increased.”

Sehat Insaf Cards for widows

Punjab Health Minister reviewed arrangements to scale up services of the Sehat Insaf Cards Program in a meeting the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Tuesday.

Present in the meeting were Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Barrister Nabeel Awan, GM Punjab Health Initiatives Management Company, Khurram Lodhi, manager Hasnaat Ahmed, Deputy Manager Anas Bin Mahmod and Professor Javed Chaudhry.

Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department Barrister Nabeel Awan shared fresh proposals as the Minister reviewed progress on existing interventions to scale-up services of the Sehat Insaf Cards Program. The Minister said the target of Universal Health Coverage will be achieved as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan hinting coverage of over 10 million families.

The Minister said, “The beneficiaries of the cards will be expanded to included widows, Zakat beneficiaries, deserving families from students of government schools. In the next stage, over one million government servants will be given the facility. The cardholders can avail health services from different hospital. Cardholders will be able to get treatment from Cardiology Institutes in Punjab. The Program is being appreciated everywhere. Provision of Cards to people living below the poverty line is the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.”— PRESS RELEASE