KP to Provide Free Liver Transplant; Plans to Give Free Cancer Treatment Under Sehat Sahulat Program

The health department is set to sign contracts with two private hospitals for free liver transplants for residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as part of a plan to include Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in the Sehat Sahulat Program, which will provide free medication for all types of cancer.

“We would be inking agreements with two private hospitals, one each in Islamabad and Lahore, for free liver transplant of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Rates would be finalised soon after which patients with damaged liver would be able to undergo cashless transplant in both the health facilities,” officials at health department told Dawn.

According to them, so far 6,030,000 patients have been treated under the free treatment programme costing Rs16 billion since the initiative began in 2015 initially covering three per cent population in four designated districts of the province.

The programme was extended to 51 per cent and then 69 per cent population of the province and in November last year. The government has now begun provision of free health coverage to the entire population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“Now each of the 7.469 million families of the province stands entitled to seek treatment up to Rs1 million free of cost in any of the 523 hospitals, including public and private countrywide and 163 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” said officials. They added that the programme covered all the major diseases.

Officials said they were in the process to include SKMCH in the list of empanelled hospitals of SSP as so many people wanted to seek treatment for cancer there.

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