After the school health scheme,which brought 13-year-old Badal from Kangra to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) for states first cash-less open-heart surgery,on Friday,two more children,including one suffering from the same heart ailment approached the hospital.
Dr Ramesh Chand,Senior Medical Superintendent of IGMC hospital,said,Owing to the gaining popularity of the scheme,we get two to three patients every day. In fact,we are happy that it has started getting popular and people are coming forward to reap its benefit.
Nagma,a 15-year-old daughter of a Mandi district tea-vendor,has also been diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) – a hole in heart.
I have sold my fields to get her treated,but in vain. I took her to reputed hospitals in Chandigarh and Delhi,but could not bear the expenses, said Nagmas father Narinder.
When I read the story of 13-year old Badal in the newspapers,I immediately got in touch with Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhry,local MLA. He asked me to approach IGMC hospital.
Swati Chauhan,a class 10 student from Palampur,has been suffering from closed Dysraphic Anomaly of Lumboscral spine (a developmental disorder in spinal cord) also sought help under the Child Health scheme. Her father Surjan Singh said,My child developed acute pain in the spine,two years back,and since the family has taken her to the best of hospitals in the country. A Delhi-based super specialty hospital had estimated Rs 11 lakh for her surgery.
Another child Mehar Singh from Suni,Shimla,was admitted to IGMC with heart ailment.