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KP To Get Free Medical Services In October

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to provide free medical treatment to all residents of the province by extending Sehat Sahulat Programme to the entire province in a phase-wised manner from October.

The government had planned to extend the programme from July 1, 2020, but owing to non-appointment of State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC) chairman the extension plan was delayed. But now that a new chairman is appointed, the government is likely to sign the agreement on Aug 13, reported a news outlet.

All the 6.617 million residents of Swat, Buner, Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Shangla, Malakand, Chitral Lower, Chitral Upper and Bajaur districts of Malakand division will start receiving free health services regardless of their financial status from October, a report claimed.

The project was initially started in 2015. At the time, it covered three per cent of the population (100,000 families in four districts) of the province.

The programme was extended to 51 per cent of the population (1,791,930 people in all districts) in the second phase in 2016. The third phase of the programme was started in 2017, covering 64 per cent of the population (3,200,000 families).

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