CHAKWAL: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar during his maiden visit to Chakwal launched a number of projects on Wednesday.
He arrived here to attend a ceremony held to distribute health cards among deserving citizens of Chakwal and Jhelum districts.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Buzdar said 436,000 people of Chakwal would benefit from the health cards and a holder of the card could get treatment up to Rs720,000.
“Through these health cards, 30pc people of Chakwal and 27pc of Jhelum district would be benefitted,” he said, adding 35 million people of the province would be able to get free treatment of eight major diseases through the health cards.
“After 27 years we are now going to establish nine hospitals in different areas of the province this year. We have also increased health budget by 30pc,” he claimed and announced to establish a new District Headquarters Hospital in Chakwal and a Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Lawa.
“The previous government did not build a hospital in Lawa in 10 years,” he said.
He also said 100 tehsil hospitals in the province would be upgraded and made model hospitals where trauma centres would also be established.
Mr Buzdar also said 99 projects would be launched in Chakwal and would be completed at a cost of Rs26 billion. He also said Rs8 billion had been allocated under the Annual Development Programme by federal government for making Talagang-Mianwali Road a dual carriageway.