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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved the proposed programme for providing free treatment facilities to the poor patients of four non-communicable diseases in the province.

The programme would be launched in collaboration with the international healthcare and pharmaceutical company Novartis.

He was chairing a meeting here on Tuesday which was also attended by health minister Shahram Khan Tarakai, secretary health Abid Majeed and Strategic Support Unit chief Sahibzada Saeed, according to a press release.

The meeting was briefed about the programme for free treatment of poor patients suffering from breast cancer, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Mr Khattak asked the health department to ink the formal agreement with the company and directed inclusion of more non-communicable chronic diseases in the programme in case of its successful execution.

It was told that free treatment of poor cancer patients with cooperation of Novartis was already in progress and now the company had offered cooperation in free treatment of the proposed four non-communicable diseases. The company would provide free medicines to the patients but would charge only Rs100 per dose as service fee. The secretary health told the meeting that launching of the programme would benefit approximately two million people.

Published in Dawn, September 13th, 2017