Arogyasri comes to their rescue

V. Venkateswara Rao who underwent heart surgery under Arogyasri.

V. Venkateswara Rao who underwent heart surgery under Arogyasri.  

Special Correspondent

Krishna district stands first in the number of surgeries performed, says the district Collector.

VIJAYAWADA: Gurrajapalem is an interior village in Mylavaram mandal of Krishna district. V. Gopala Rao is an agricultural worker suffering from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and one of his heart valves (the tricuspid valve) needed to be replaced with an artificial one. Being an agricultural worker, manual labour was his only source of livelihood. But his chronic heart condition made it impossible for him to work. He would have been a burden on his family, but for Rajiv Arogyasri, the State Government’s health insurance scheme for white ration card holders.

A private hospital gave a preliminary estimate of Rs. 1 lakh for operating on four-year-old Rajaram of Tummalapalem village. The child was suffering from a tumour in the brain. The boy’s father, Ch. Venugopal, who ekes out a living as an agricultural worker, had given up on the child. As the tumour grew in size, the intra cranial pressure caused new problems and the child lost vision in one eye. Rajiv Arogyasri came to the rescue of the family.

The tumour in the brain was removed, but there was more bad news. Tests showed that the tumour was cancerous. Arogyasri came to the rescue again. The boy is being treated for cancer in a city hospital.

These are some of the cases in Krishna district where people who could not afford expensive medical treatment for their life-threatening conditions have been pulled back from the jaws of death, thanks to Rajiv Arogyasri introduced in the district in July.

There are also others like Vasamsetti Venkatewara Rao, 38, a tailor of Kondapalli, who had a major heart attack and could undergo bypass operation at the Citi Cardiac Hospital here, and 15-year-old Manda Shakeela of Pinapaka village, whose heart condition, another case of RDH, proved to be a big hurdle to her ambition of becoming an engineer.

She too could undergo surgery in Help Hospital under Arogyasri and is able to pursue her dream.

An achievement

District Collector N. Sridhar told a team of reporters, who went around the district on Tuesday to interact with beneficiaries of the programme, that over 9,000 surgeries had been performed spending Rs. 29 crores. Krishna stood first in the number of surgeries performed in the district, he said.

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