President Mamnoon Hussain said that Central Asian States have expressed their keenness to link themselves with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as these states are also desirous of benefiting from the corridor.
The President said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Medibank Trust here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday.
The President stated that construction of 502-km road under CPEC has been completed and made it clear that there would be no change in the route of CPEC. Praising the economic performance of the government, the President congratulated the economic team on steadying the national economy from precarious condition which has also been acknowledged by International Financial Institutions.
The President stated that it is encouraging to know that the services of Medibank have also been extended to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The President noted that this project could revolutionize the fields of medicine and health. The President hoped that along with the people of the country, international welfare institutions would also extend cooperation to the activities of Medibank. The President noted with satisfaction that overseas Pakistanis were also taking interest in the project. “Pakistani Diplomatic Missions should also join the cause of Medibank”, remarked the President. He added that External Publicity Wing of Ministry of Information could also play an important role in this noble cause. The President said that Medibank should maintain a close liaison with BISP and Bait-ul-Maal so that maximum number of poor and needy patients could receive medical assistance. The President appreciated the establishment of such a welfare organization under the patronization of civil services officers.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said that the government would soon launch health insurance scheme which would initially benefit 3.5 million people.
President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Mian Muhammad Idrees, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui and patron-in-chief of Medibank Javaid Nisar Syed also addressed the event. At the end of the ceremony, the President formally inaugurated the Medibank. The President also distributed awards among those who have rendered valuable services for the cause of Medibank Trust.
It is pertinent to mention that Medibank is providing free medicines and consultation in hospitals, medical camps and through multiple arrangements to the poor and deserving patients.