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Pakistan launches Sehat Sahulat Programme for transgender community


Pakistan launches Sehat Sahulat Programme for transgender community
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the Sehat Sahulat programme for the transgender community of Pakistan.
"We need to correct the toxic views we hold [about transgenders]," the prime minister said at a ceremony held in Islamabad.
"We will take responsibility and extend this health card and insurance facility to the entire transgender community," Khan vowed.
Unfortunately, with a heavy heart I have to say that people don’t have empathy for our transgender community who live such a hard life.

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"This government is accepting the transgender community, something that the previous governments had not done unfortunately."
The prime minister said that his government has found it difficult to fulfill the promise made to the public due to the difficulties inherited from former regimes.
"We have not been able to provide the promised welfare system yet but despite the difficult economic situations we have decided to extend the health card facility to the weak and poor sectors of our society," he said.
PM Imran highlighted the importance of the health card scheme, saying that it provides a security blanket to poverty-ridden households that they would be able to "seek medical treatment at any hospital in their time of need".
Under the Sehat Insaf Card scheme, the treatment for angioplasty, brain surgery, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases will be done free of cost.
At least 15 million people will benefit from this policy. The card holders could receive medical facilities up to Rs 720,000. The medical facilities would be available in more than 150 private and government hospitals.
Earlier this year in May, the Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa government had given Sehat Insaf Cards to members of the transgender community to address health problems being faced by the marginalised section of society.
Previously, under the Transgender Person’s Protection of Rights Act, 2018, it was illegal to deny healthcare services to the transgender community.

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