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BMC aid for kids with heart defect

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2011 02:03 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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In a first, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made a budgetary provision for heart surgeries of two civic school students.

Of the Rs1,800.51 crore education budget for the year 2011-12, the civic body has kept aside Rs15 lakh to get the children treated.

Free medical camps were conducted in civic schools last year, in which at least 80,492 students underwent check-up. It was discovered that over 30,000 students were suffering from minor illness, while 15 had heart problems and other serious diseases.

Of the 15 students with heart problems, two will be operated upon in the coming financial year.

“The BMC will pay the total cost of their treatment,” said Shubhada Gudekar, former chairperson of the civic health committee. “Last year, we had to utilise budgetary provision of the hospital operations on two students. However, this year provisions have been made in the education budget itself.”

In the check-up, 2,863 students were found suffering from eye-related problems.

“The civic body had provided them spectacles under the scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Likewise, the students suffering from hearing impairment were given hearing aids,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.

“The civic education department has made special provision in its budget keeping in mind the corporators’ demand. The provision will be continued henceforth,” said Rajiv Chaugule, a member of the education committee.

Under the school health programme, various competitions related to hygiene and healthy child are arranged in the classes to propagate the value of personal sanitation, discipline and clean environment.

The winners are given a shield. This year, 27 schools were awarded with the cleanliness shield.

On Friday, Adtani presented the education budget to the education committee chairperson, Rukmini Kharatmol, showing a surplus of Rs31 lakh than last year.

Also, for the first time, the civic body has allocated Rs3 crore for virtual classroom projects for all 144 municipal secondary schools for the benefit of SSC students.