PM Modi’s gesture paves way for surgery on 235 poor kids in Pune

Single-window system to be set up to expedite cases.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Updated: October 24, 2016 10:08 am
pune children surgery, heart defects free surgery, pune surgery prime minister, mission dhanwantari, pune news, indian express, In June, six-year-old Vaishali Yadav from Pune underwent free cardiac surgery to repair a hole in her heart after she wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At least 235 children in rural areas who need immediate surgery — mainly for  congenital heart defects — have been  identified by the Pune district administration. Four months after six-year-old Vaishali Yadav, a resident of Pune, received cardiac surgery free of cost to repair a hole in her heart after appealing to the Prime Minister, the district health officials have introduced ‘Mission Dhanwantari’ for the medical treatment of underprivileged children.

A committee comprising district health officials, women and child welfare department officials, among others, was set up by District Collector Saurabh Rao to identify children requiring surgery mainly for heart-related ailments. “For three months now, we have conducted various surveys and collected information from over 4,000 anganwadis in 13 tehsils of the district,” Dr Bhagwan Pawar, district health officer, told Newsline.  Data was gathered from the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), which allows children attending anganwadis to be checked for health benefits.

The health department has found that 163 children need corrective surgeries for various ailments, but congenital heart disease in common in the 0-6 age group.  Another 72 who need surgeries have been listed under the state’s cashless insurance scheme — Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana — but are still on the waiting list due to lack of proper documents.

Under the scheme, 267 heart operations were performed last year and 185 surgeries for other medical ailments. Now, a single window system will be set up at the district collectorate under the Dhanwantari mission, which is yet to be officially launched, Pawar said.  Congenital heart problems (CHD) are very common.

According to experts, at least one in every 100 live births has some form of congenital heart disease or anomaly.  Congenital heart disease is a condition that develops in the womb and each year, at least 10 lakh babies are born worldwide with this defect. In India, at least 1-1.8 lakh children are born annually with CHD. Parents are often too poor to treat such children and efforts are underway at various hospitals in the city to treat them at minimal cost through charitable trusts.

Bomi Bhote, CEO of Ruby Hall Clinic, which conducted the heart surgery for Vaishali Yadav, said they are willing to participate in such endeavours.
“There should be joint ventures and trusts willing to come forward and sponsor these children,” he added. Pawar added that they would hold a meeting with various hospitals on the new initiative.

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    Darshan Mankotia
    Oct 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    It's great. Nothing could be better than this;br/gt;Keep working hard modi ji you are in for another term...
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      Rahul jain
      Oct 24, 2016 at 5:45 am
      Superb work
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        Gopal nanoor
        Oct 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm
        It is wonderful action from honorable prime minister of India as well Maharashtra Chief Minister and his government officials who r generous on poor under powerty who can offers such heavy expenditures on the heart problems born child, the effort is not only wonderful great god will appreciate such actions to poor. Thanks to every one who involved and such plans should be made all over India.
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          Dr. Vikas
          Oct 24, 2016 at 8:57 am
          A very welcome;br/gt;Congenital heart disease is the commonest congenital health;br/gt;1 in 10 newborn need screenING and treatment. lt;br/gt;Timely diagnosis and treatment is life;br/gt;majority cases need single intervention following which they live normal;br/gt;Few complicated and in need of multistage surgery can live comfortably if managed at right time and regular followup health check;br/gt;Or these children A care and support program is required. This should includelt;br/gt;1) CHD care card- Regular check up at hospitallt;br/gt;2) financial package for travel for check up (as provided for HIV , TB;br/gt;3) Financial package for required investigations and medicationlt;br/gt;these three minimum need action shall facilitate comfortable life for thsee children and complete the care and support of CHD;br/gt;only surgery support for children with complicated , multistage surgery need shall remain as incomplete care.
          1. w
            Oct 24, 2016 at 6:54 am
            PM Modi may ask all the states to have a quick survey of all children up to the age of 12 and arrange for such surgery . It should cover everyone whether privileged or not.Health records of all the children should be maintained in electronic format.
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