The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced that its Sehat Sahulat Cards will now cover coronavirus treatment costs.
The provincial Minister for Health, Taimoor Khan Jhagra, announced the development on Thursday saying,
To try to provide maximum relief to those suffering from COVID, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to include COVID treatment in the Sehat Card program.
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Minister Jhagra has urged the people of KP to cooperate with the provincial government to control the third wave of the pandemic via strict compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
He said if the government succeeds in controlling the third outbreak, the pressure on the healthcare system will be reduced and it will be able to serve people again.
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KP is currently the second worst-hit province after Punjab. Its virus prevalence rate has exceeded 12.0 percent.
The Sehat Sahulat Card program was rolled out in a few districts of the province last year and was eventually expanded to all of KP in January this year. It provides a health cover of Rs. 1 million to every family in the province.