IMAMA D/O ASIM KHAN


PATIENT IMAMA D/O ASIM KHAN

My name is Asim Khan, belonging to Shabqader District Charsadda. I am a rickshaw driver earning around Rs. 8000 per month. We have a small family of three members, but my earning is so little that I can hardly feed my family. Before Imama, I had another child who died due to a heart problem as I could not arrange his treatment cost. When Imama was diagnosed with heart disease, I was terrified of losing another child. I was told that heart treatment for children was available in Peshawar. I took my daughter to one of the cardiac doctors in Peshawar, where the doctor, after the checkup, told me that she would need a cardiac treatment costing approximately 200,000. I told the doctor that I did not have that much amount for the treatment. The doctor examined my ID card and told me to send an SMS to 9780 to confirm my eligibility for Sehat Card Plus; I told him that I had received a confirmation message from 9780 that I was eligible. The doctor sent me to a private hospital for treatment, where an operation on my daughter was performed. I did not have to pay anything out of my pocket. I am very thankful to the Govt for introducing the Sehat Card Plus, which saves the lives of thousands of people like my daughter. If this program had been launched earlier, I am sure that my son would have survived, but I am still happy that my daughter got the treatment beyond my resources.