Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday announced a health package in Thatta which includes the issuance of health cards for local residents and the construction of a 500-bed hospital.
“I’m announcing here in Thatta that we will issue health cards to the people, whether or not the provincial government plays its part,” PM Nawaz said while addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rally.
He criticised the provincial government for failing to address problems relating to the basic necessities and services for people. “We initiated the health card scheme which is the need of the hour but I’m saddened to know that the provincial government refused to play its part,” he lamented.
According to Nawaz, provinces were supposed to contribute 50 per cent in funds for the card. “But for these three districts, the federal government will provide 100 per cent budget,” he added.
The premier also announced the construction of a coastal embankment, stretching hundreds of kilometres to stop sea intrusion in Thatta, Sujawal and Badin districts.
PM Nawaz said a 500-bed hospital will be built in Thatta, where locals will be able to use their health cards to avail treatment. “Health cards will also be issued for Tando Muhammad Khan and Sajawal.”
Further, the premier said that he has given directions towards providing the facility of gas in the aforementioned areas. “These areas will be provided as much electricity as they need,” he said.
“A scheme to supply gas to hundreds of villages of Thatta and Sujawal has been approved and will be completed at a cost of Rs1.1 billion.”
Nawaz claimed to rebuild Sindh and address the grievances of its people. “We will pump new passion to even the remotest areas of Sindh. The province will be provided with clean water and motorway,” the premier said.
The premier announced Rs500 million for Gharo to Keti Bunder road and Rs200 million for water supply and sanitation schemes in each of the two districts.
The PM last addressed a public meeting in Thatta in 2013, ahead of the previous general elections.