The Assam government on Tuesday said it will sponsor surgery of 130 children suffering from congenital heart defect under a scheme launched by the health department.
According to the scheme, claimed as the first such project in the country, the state government would bear the cost of operation and treatment of children suffering from congenital heart defect. The patients would be operated upon at Narayana Hrudalaya Hospitals, Bangalore.
This year 130 children have been selected to be operated upon at government cost, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters in Guwahati.
The government has allocated Rs two crore this year for the project, he said.
Assam has a considerable number of children suffering from congenital heart defect. During a three-day screening here, nearly 1,000 children were detected suffering from the condition.
Congenital heart defect (CHD) is a defect in heart structure in which a hole is present in the organ of a newborn baby. Most heart defects either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern
Besides the cost of operation, the government would also pay to and fro air fare, food and lodging of each child and two persons accompanying him/her at Bangalore, Sarma said.
A normal CHD surgery usually costs Rs 1.35 lakh and in certain cases it rose to Rs four-five lakh, he said.
Families with annual income of Rs six lakh are eligible to be included in the scheme, he said.
The 130 children along with their parents would leave for Bangalore this month and August. The initial group of 30 children would go there on saturday, the minister said.