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'Poll code' holds up four-year-old MP kid's treatment

Four-year-old Abhijeet Jain suffers from thalassemia major and is in urgent need of bone marrow transplant. But when his tea stall owner father knocked the door of MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for help, he was told to come after elections.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2013 23:47 IST
M Poornima
M Poornima
Hindustan Times

Four-year-old Abhijeet Jain suffers from thalassemia major and is in urgent need of bone marrow transplant. But when his tea stall owner father knocked the door of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for help, he was told to come after elections.

It is another issue that even though assembly elections are due later this year, the poll dates have not been announced and model code of conduct is even further away.

“Doctors say the treatment would cost Rs 14,00,000,” said the father, Amit Jain, who barely makes Rs 3,000 a month.

The success rate of bone marrow transplant is 75% if done before the age of five. “My son might never be able to lead a normal life if he does not get the transplant now,” said Amit who had to sell his house to fund his son’s treatment.

Dr CBS Dangi, secretary and coordinator of the Thalassemia International Federation concurred. “The child is in a critical condition. If he continues like this for a few more years, it would be difficult to save him.”

"I sought help from the CM's fund at the offices of chief medical and health officer (CMHO), Mandla and the district collector but nothing happened. Then I submitted an application at the CM’s house, but deputy collector MR Khan asked me to come after elections," said Amit.

Mandla CMHO Dr RK Shrivastava expressed helplessness. He said he could sanction only up to Rs 2 lakh, so he had forwarded the documents to principal secretary, health.

First Published: Sep 27, 2013 22:10 IST