Five hospitals in the State to provide facilities for beneficiaries
Free treatment for accident-related injuries and blood-related diseases can now be availed of by children from BPL families aged between zero and six, who are either going to anganwadis or come under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, under the Bala Sanjeevini scheme.
The other diseases for which treatment is provided under the scheme are severe pneumonia, acute infectious diseases, heart diseases (non-surgical treatment), poisoning, snake and poisonous insect bites, paediatric surgery, brain fever, malaria with complications, anaemia, diabetes, kidney problems, level-three diseases of the neonatal, liver diseases, neurological disorders, secondary malnutrition, and diarrhoeal complications.
Free medical treatment up to Rs. 35,000 for newborns (up to 28 days), who need level-three tertiary treatment, and up to Rs. 50,000 for other children will be provided under the scheme.
Deputy Director of the Women and Child Welfare Department Ratna Kalamdani said in Gulbarga city on Tuesday that the Government had identified five hospitals in the State to provide facilities for beneficiaries of the scheme. They are Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bangalore; Bapuji Institute of Child Health, Davangere; KLE Society's Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belgaum; Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Mangalore; and Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital, Gulbarga.
In her introductory remarks at a workshop here for officers implementing the scheme in the Gulbarga revenue division, comprising Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur and Yadgir districts, Ms. Kalamdani said 79 children in the division had benefitted from the scheme since its launch nearly two months ago.
Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat president Shivaprabhu Patil in his inaugural address said the scheme was first of its kind in the country and was aimed at bring down the infant mortality rate.
The implementing officers should create awareness among people about the free treatment facility under the scheme, he said. Mr. Patil said one of the features of the scheme was that money had been deposited in advance by the Government with the five identified hospitals.
In Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital, the Government had deposited Rs. 10 lakh for providing free treatment under the scheme and so far Rs. 5 lakh had been claimed by the hospital for providing treatment to the 79 children, he added. Travelling allowance for the child requiring treatment and one attendant (second-class train fare or bus fare) and a daily allowance of Rs. 100 to the attendant would also be paid by the Government.
Dean of the Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital Mallikarjun Bhandar presided over the programme. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dilip Rampure was present.