Health Minister Kiani launches Free Hepatitis C and TB Testing and Treatment for residents of Katchi Abadi in Islamabad

Islamabad, March 06, 2019 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani launched free testing and treatment services for the residents of Kachi Abadi France Colony in Islamabad today. In this context health minister visited special free camp established by the Ministry of Health. Minister said our Government is cognizant of the risk posed to health of people by hepatitis C and TB including infectious diseases when these diseases effect to poor people they are pushed into further poverty. Present Government is committed to poverty alleviation and focus of our vision in health sector is the poor segment of society.

Minister said Ministry has already inaugurated a “Model Center for Infectious Diseases Control” in Islamabad Capital Tertiary (ICT) on March 02, 2019. The center is called a model center because it will be dedicated for the screening, testing and treatment of hepatitis c patients with integration of other infectious diseases like Tuberculosis (TB). The center has been established in federal Government’s Civil Surgeon Dispensary G-7/3. The Minister said it will be an innovative center because for the first time the underserved population (of almost 100,000 individuals) living in the slums of ICT will be screened for Hepatitis C and TB at their doorstep and those found positive for hepatitis c and TB will be referred to this center of free of cost testing, treatment and follow up.

The center is equipped with the latest diagnostic machines like GeneXpert and medicines which have more than 95% cure rates with almost no side effects. The idea is to provide good quality testing, treatment and free Health services to the patients under one roof. The Minister said our Government has launched the sehath Saholat Programme under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan which will ensure quality free health services to the masses. The Minister said there is special focus on Islamabad to make it a model city for health. In this context, Rural Health Centers and Basic Health Units are being revamped to provide quality services to the residents.

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