CM launches BHY scheme for children with heart ailments, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar Friday launched the Bal Hriday Yojana (BHY), which will provide free treatment to children suffering from the medical condition of a hole in the heart or ventricular septal defect.

The CM flagged off a bus carrying 21 children with this condition, along with their guardians, to the Patna airport to be flown to Ahmedabad (Gujarat) for specialized treatment. They would be given additional specialized medical treatment at the Ahmedabad-based hospital run by the Prashanti Medical Services and Research Foundation with which the state government has an agreement so that free medical treatment and care could be given to these children.

The BHY function was held outside the Samvad at the CM Secretariat in the presence of education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, health minister Pandey, CM’s principal secretary Deepak Kumar, health department principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit, and other senior officials.

Talking to media persons after meeting the 21 children and their guardians and also wished them successful treatment, the CM said other states have also entered a similar agreement with the Ahmedabad hospital for specialized medical treatment.

He also said the BHY was discussed and conceived last year and then was linked with the government’s Saat Nishchay – 2 programmes, which also got the cabinet clearance after the formation of the new government following the assembly election.

The scheme started on Thursday, but it was launched on Friday, the CM also said, adding additional medical treatment is provided to the children afflicted with heart-related ailments. Earlier, the diagnosis of the 21 children suffering from a hole in their hearts was done at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC) and Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) here, following which the doctors from PMSRF hospital at Ahmedabad arrived and also examined them.

The CM said that the government will bear the entire travel expenditure of the 21 children and their guardians, besides the money spent on their treatment, as BHY provides free additional medical and health care to the children afflicted with heart-related ailments.

He added that the government would see that a similar arrangement is put in place at Patna in the future. Besides, when the 21 children return after treatment, health minister Mangal Pandey and the health department officials will present the details.

About the mysterious disease that has surfaced in Nawada, the CM said that a team of doctors and experts has been sent there to do an investigation into all possible aspects of the mysterious disease.





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