Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has formally inaugurated the Diabetic Mobile Clinic under the “D-talk and Insulin for Life Program” for diagnosis, screening and treatment of diabetic patients throughout the province.
The Diabetic Mobile Clinic is first of its kind in Pakistan and is supported by Novo Nordisk, a multinational Pharmaceutical Company which will help in diagnosis of Diabetes, screening and its type in far flung areas of the province along with creating awareness regarding the disease among citizens of the province. The Mobile Clinic will also help in screening of eyes and kidney damage of diabetic patients at an early stage to prevent blindness and amputations.
According to details, 7 million people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are diabetic out of total population of 40 million. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led provincial government during its previous tenure had launched the “D-talk and Insulin for Life Program” for providing free insulin to the underprivileged class of the society.
While addressing the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Minister stated that 16,000 patients are currently being provided free insulin in 15 Districts of the province. The Chief Minister furthered that the provincial health budget has been increased by 200% to ensure provision of uniform healthcare facilities throughout the province which is evidence that the incumbent government is sincerely working for the betterment of health sector. According to certain estimates, one out of every six individual in the country is a diabetic patient which is alarming.
Commenting on the recent strike by the Doctors community in the province, Mahmood Khan clarified that reforms in the health sector are direly needed.
“The previous healthcare system of the province cannot deliver as per the demands of people. People have elected us to address their basic issues and ensure provision of basic human rights. Keeping in view this scenario, reforms in the health sector are paramount”, Mahmood Khan.
Chief Minister negated the propaganda by certain circles regarding the privatization of health sector and made it clear that no privatization is being done under the DHA and RHA acts recently passed by the Provincial Assembly.
With regard to the Azadi March, announced by Jamiat-e-Ulam (F), the Chief Minister univocally stated that using children of Madrassas against the state is a heinous crime and it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that our children are not used for selfish political interests. Mahmood Khan stated that Pakistan Tehrik-e-insaf held the largest ever protest against the PML-N led Federal government which was based on key issues including Panama scandal and recounting of votes in four constituencies. In contrast, Maulana Fazalur Rehman has announced long March against the government without identifying the issues and is using religious card to muster political strength against the state which is completely beyond comprehension.
Legendary cricketer and fast bowler Waseem Akram also addressed the ceremony and stated that the provision of free insulin to the underprivileged class of the society by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is landmark achievement and expressed hope that other provincial governments will also follow this lead.
The ceremony was attended by Minister Health Dr. Hasham Inamullah, Danish Ambassador Rolf Holmboe, Vice president Novo Nordisk, EMIL LARSEN, GM Novo Nordisk, RASHID BUTT legendary Cricketer Waseem Akram, Project Director of D-talk and insulin for life Prof A.H. AAMIR, mediamen, dignitaries and others.