Nadra sets up desks to register transgender persons for health cards.


Byline: Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD -- Special desks have been established at National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) centres for the registration of transgender persons so that Sehat Insaf cards could be provided to them.

'Community members just have to declare themselves as transgender and in this regard a simple procedure will be adopted as only their personal confirmation is enough. There is no reqAuireAment of documentation from any other office in this regard,' said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza at a news conference on Tuesday.

'Each transgender person would be able to get medical treatment of Rs720,000 from as many as 300 private and public sector hospitals which have been put on a panel to provide health services to deserving people.'

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced that cards would be issued to transgender persons so that they could get medical facilities free of cost.

Dr Mirza said the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) had started giving health cards to all transgender persons who were registered by Nadra and had a CNIC.

He said the new registration system at Nadra would be linked with the office responsible for issuing health cards to provide them the facility without any hurdle and on an immediate basis.

'I suggest to all members of the community to start registering themselves as a transgender person with Nadra to avail services of the Sehat Sahulat Programme. Nadra has been asked to provide maximum assistance to transgender persons in their registration process,' he said.

'Now all transgender persons are eligible to avail health facilities under the health insurance scheme. Health cards would cover all...

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