ANDHRA PRADESH

Six camps to screen kids for heart ailments

NALGONDA, AUG. 14. In response to the special initiative taken by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, during his `Rajiv Palle Bata' programme on Wednesday, the district Medical and Health Department and the Vaidya Vidhana Parishad have decided to hold six camps at various places in the district from August 18 to 24 to identify children suffering from heart ailments.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, the District Medical & Health Officer (DM&HO), Ramesh Chandra, called upon parents of children below 12 years of age and suffering from heart ailments to get their wards screened in the special camps.

Camp schedule

The camps would be held in Miryalaguda and Huzurnagar on August 18, Suryapet and Kodad on August 19, Bhongir and Ramannapet on August 20, Nagarjunasagar on August 21, Devarakonda on August 23 and in Nalgonda and Chowtuppal on August 24.

Surgeries

Of the 150 children, who were screened at a medical camp at Narketpally on Wednesday, doctors referred 70 kids to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and Osmania General Hospital for surgery. Dates for the operation would be fixed on the basis of severity of the cases, Mr. Ramesh Chandra said. Each operation costs around Rs. 75,000.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the poor response to the Narketpally camp, the Chief Minister had asked the officials to conduct camps in interior places. "With the special interest evinced by the Chief Minister, we are organising camps in 11 hospitals," the District Coordinator of Hospital Services (DCHS) of the Vaidya Vidhana Parishad, Venkateswarlu, said.

A special team headed by a heart surgeon would screen the children in the camps, he added.

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