Free health check-up camp to be held as part of the programme

S.A. Ravindranath, Minister in charge of the district, will launch the Vajpayee Arogyasri scheme on February 2 at the Chigateri General Hospital here.

While Aravind Limbavali, Minister for Health, will inaugurate a health check-up camp, which has been organised on the occasion, G.M. Siddeshwar, MP, will inaugurate an exhibition. Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, will preside over the function. M.P. Renukacharya, Minister for Excise, and A.H. Shivayogiswamy, Chief Whip in the Legislative Council, will be among the chief guests.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner S.S. Pattanashetty and District Health Officer Sumitradevi said that various free health checks would be conducted for people with below the poverty line (BPL) ration cards. Free treatment for cancer, heart diseases, malfunctioning of kidney, burns etc., would be provided, they said.

Mr. Pattanashetty said that doctors from 134 empanelled hospitals in the State, including S.S. Hospital, City Central Hospital and Kadli Ningamma Hospital here, would be participating in the health check-up camp. After preliminary examinations, the patients would be referred to one of the empanelled hospitals for treatment.

Dr. Sumitradevi said that BPL families were entitled to free health facilities worth up to Rs. 1.5 lakh a year, and in some special cases, treatment worth Rs. 50,000 more would be given for free.

The government had formed the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust for implementing the scheme effectively, she said.

Senior doctors from Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Manipal Hospital, SDMH Hospital, GBS Hospital and Narayana Hrudayalaya, among others, would be involved in the health check-up programme.

Mr. Pattanashetty said that the medical check-up would be held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To a question, he said there were more than 3.12 lakh BPL card-holders in the district.

Superintendent of the Chigateri General Hospital T. Parashuramappa, city corporation Commissioner Bhimappa and others were present.

  • ‘Doctors from 134 empanelled hospitals across the State will examine people’

  • Medical check-up camp to be held between

    8 a.m. and 5 p.m.