In a move apparently aimed at preventing an adverse court order, the government has decided to replace the flag of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) with the national flag on the Sehat Insaf Card. Also, the card has been renamed as ‘Quami Sehat Card’.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), Sajid Shah, claimed that the step was taken because Prime Minister Imran Khan was against the use of public money for self-projection.
It is worth mentioning that during the tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Mr Khan had criticised the use of pictures of PML-N leaders in government advertisements and also filed a petition in the Supreme Court due to which the then Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, had to deposit around Rs5 million in the national exchequer.
When the PTI came into power, a parliamentary committee objected to the use of PTI flag and the name of the party [Insaf] on the Sehat Insaf Card. Later, a case was filed in the Islamabad High Court, questioning the name and flag of the ruling party on health cards issued by the government.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of NHS on Thursday, the government has taken a momentous and revolutionary step to change the name and design of the health card.
The new name of the health card will be ‘Quami Sehat Card’ with design reflecting Pakistan and its people. This new card will replace all existing health cards after completion of their expiry date starting from districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“Quami Sehat Card project is not only one of the largest social health protection initiatives but also a game changer when it comes to access quality health care services without financial constraints. Enrolled beneficiaries of the programme can avail indoor free treatment through Qaumi Sehat Card from any empanelled hospital across Pakistan using facility of inter-district portability,” it states.