Buzdar invites Peshawar acid attack victim for free treatment in Punjab under Nai Zindagi program
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said on Thursday that the recently launched Nai Zindagi program aims to provide free treatment to victims of acid attacks and help them lead dignified lives.
The provincial minister said the initiative covered not only free skin graft treatment, but also interest-free loans and skills building for livelihood support.
Buzdar was responding on Twitter to an alert about a rickshaw driver in Peshawar who allegedly rescued two female passengers who were being teased by men. Due to her resistance to the act, “they threw acid in her face,” wrote the person sharing the incident.
The chief minister said the victim could go to any burning unit in Punjab with a copy of a first information report (FIR) of the incident and be treated free of charge.
Last month the minister had launched the Nai Zindagi program in which treatment facilities are provided to men and women victims of acid attacks, in addition to the rehabilitation of these patients.
The social rights of victims of acid attacks must be safeguarded, in addition to giving them the opportunity to earn a living with dignity, said Buzdar.
The chief minister said state-of-the-art burn treatment units have been installed at Jinnah and Mayo Hospital in Lahore, Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur, Nishtar Hospital in Multan, L Allied Hospital in Faisalabad and Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. He added that the government will bear the full cost of treating the acid victims.
Buzdar also said that interest-free loans for skills development and self-employment opportunities will be arranged for those affected. He said that initially 200 million rupees was allocated to the program.
Victims of acid attacks will be the responsibility of the state, he said.