Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has approved in principle the proposed programme for providing free treatment facilities to the poor patients of four non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the province to be launched in collaboration with international healthcare and pharmaceutical company Novartis. He asked the health department to ink formal agreement with the company for starting the programme all over the province as soon as possible. He also hinted at including more non communicable chronic diseases in the programme in case of its successful execution.
He was chairing a meeting in connection with launching the programme at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Senior Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai, Secretary Health Abid Majeed, Head Strategic Support Unit Sahibzada Saeed and other authorities attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed about the proposed programme for free treatment of poor patients suffering from four non communicable diseases including breast cancer, cardio vascular, diabetes and hypertension. The meeting was told that free treatment of poor cancer patients with cooperation of Novartis already continued successfully and transparently.