PESHAWAR— Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra on Monday presented the provincial budget with an outlay of Rs1.3 trillion in the provincial assembly.
In his speech, Finance Minister said that in order to make Sehat Card Plus Scheme a comprehensive program of free treatment, five packages have been included in the card free coverage of OPD services for government employees.
Sharing further details of initiatives in the budget, he said that treatment for bone marrow transplant, thalassemia, and advance-stage cancer will also be added to Sehat card.
In addition, he said, that treatment for bone marrow transplant, thalassemia, advance-stage cancer will also be added in the health card. Jhagra said that Rs 10 billion has been allocated in the budget for free medicines.
An amount of Rs 2.7 billion has been allocated from the current budget for running 58 secondary care hospitals in 24 districts of the province in collaboration with the private sector, added Finance Minister.
He said that 675 doctors will get permanent status while 600 nurses will be recruited in the next fiscal year. “Four new medical colleges will be established in Dir, Buner, Charsadda, Haripur district,” he said.