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Delhi Govt to launch free health scheme in April

delhi Updated: Mar 26, 2011 23:28 IST
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Sheila Dikshit

The Delhi government will launch its ambitious free health scheme in April. Under the scheme, 27 lakh schoolchildren will be offered free medical care, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said on Saturday.

Dikshit, while presenting the annual budget, had announced the scheme for which an initial corpus of R100 crore has been set aside.

“The scheme is being launched next month to to provide quality health care to all school children,” Dikshit said while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a health camp in Okhla in South Delhi. The ‘Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana’ to provide universal and free health care to children up to 14 years of age was a major highlight of Delhi government's budget for 2011-12.

Dikshit said government has decided to provide sanitary napkins to girls of class 6 to 12 in all government and government-aided schools.

Meanwhile, Dikshit also launched another round of Pulse Polio immunisation programme by administering polio drops to a number of children.

Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit said “for building a strong nation, we must have strong children.”

She said Delhi is considered a pioneer in “successful implementation” of Pulse Polio programme and it would continue to strive hard to completely eliminate polio from the city.

Delhi initiated Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme in year 1994 and launched house to house ‘search immunisation’ in 1999.