The Assam government has announced free healthcare for children having hole in the heart, in probably the first such move in the country.
"To be launched next month the scheme is unique and probably for the first time in the country aimed at providing free treatment to a child born with a hole in the heart, which is quite common", a state health department official said in Guwahati on Friday.
The entire cost of the treatment starting from surgery to medicines will be borne by the government for which an agreement has been signed with the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital of Bangalore at the initiative of Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The hospital will provide a concessional package for the entire treatment while the government will bear the cost of travel and lodging of the patient along with his or her guardian, the official said.
The initial screening of children will be soon held at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital here after which the modalities for sending them to Bangalore will be deided.