The Punjab AIDS Control Program and Akhuwat signed a Memorandum of Understanding for provision of free healthcare services for transgenders at Fountain House, Lower Mall, here on Monday.
The Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Program provides free healthcare services and monthly stipend to transgenders at Fountain House. As part of the agreement, the Punjab AIDS Control will set up treatment and counseling facility at Fountain House where free tests for Hep B, Hep C, Syphilis, STIs, vaccination of Hep and treatment of Hep C will be provided to all trans genders. Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib said, “The AKhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Program is catering to trangenders of over 50 age group, providing them medical services and stipends. The Punjab AIDS Control Program has come forward for a great cause and we hope that that by joint efforts will help alleviate the sufferings of these poorest of the poor.” Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program and Additional Secretary (Admin) Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Dr. Adnan Zafar, said, “The PACP has been trying to reach out to marginalized communities. Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehab Program has done great services and we hope if we team up, we can bring more people and provide them with medical and healthcare support.” As part of the Program, all Khawaja Sara of 50 plus gather at Fountain House where on voluntary basis, they are provided counseling medical services and stipends. Also present on the occasion were Director Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled Dr. Izhar Hashmi, MS Fountain House Dr. Imran Murtaza, Chief Psychologist PACP Ms. Faiza Nayyer and team members signing organizations.