NGO comes up with medical policy for BPL families

The Royal Society for Education,Environment and Rural Health Care,in collaboration with the United India Insurance Company...

Written by Shikha Joshi | Chandigarh | Published: July 4, 2009 2:39 am

The Royal Society for Education,Environment and Rural Health Care,in collaboration with the United India Insurance Company,held a conference to initiate a scheme that will enable the residents of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to avail better medical facilities from Friday. According to Royal Society for Education director U K Tiwari,the organisation aims to provide maximum service from minimum premium,for which it has introduced an insurance policy worth Rs 1 lakh for people belonging to the BPL segment.

The society has also been organising free vaccination camps for hepatitis-B,typhoid and meningitis in the villages of Punjab. “Even though there are 5 crore people across the country suffering from hepatitis,the government and private organisations have hardly done anything to eliminate it,” Tiwari said. “This is where we step in. We would like people to be more aware about diseases so that they can protect themselves,”he added.

The NGO has held vaccination camps in Uttarakhand,Bihar,Jharkhand,MP,Chhatisgarh,UP,Punjab and Haryana.

S S Shagufa,coordinator of the NGO and member of its advisory committee,said: “No insurance policy has ever cared for the lower strata of the society. We also provide people with blood in case of emergency. In case of death or 100 per cent disability,we cover full medical expenses.”

He added that the NGO is working for the benefit of the society,but often the political system acts as a barrier in realising the organisation’s goals.

According to P S Jassi,former director general of health and family welfare,Punjab,the organisation will give 20 per cent discount on the medical expenses to the insured persons. The NGO procures funds for its projects from pharmacy,agro-based,cosmetics and bio-genetics companies.

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