Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said he will showcase an innovative healthcare scheme of the Assam government at a conclave of 61,000 doctors of Indian origin in the United States.

Help to the poor

The scheme helps to keep the homes of the poor running even when the breadwinner of a family is hospitalised, as he will be paid Rs. 75 a day every day during the period of his hospitalisation.

Birthday celebrations

Mr. Azad was speaking at ‘Immunity 2010,' a seminar organised here by the National Students' Union of India to celebrate the birthday of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and to highlight the performance of the United Progressive Alliance government in health care in the north eastern States.

Special concessions to 11 States

Mr. Azad said his Ministry had given special concessions to 11 States, including Jammu and Kashmir and the north-eastern States, for establishing new medical colleges.

One such concession was that 25 acres on one plot required for opening a medical college was reduced to 20 acres on two plots over a 10-km radius.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced a new scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Student Healthcare Scheme, which will cater for students of the State.

The State government will allocate Rs. 10 crore.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government would take 300 children suffering from congenital heart ailment to Bangalore for treatment.