It’s a matter of happiness for the parents of Madhya Pradesh whose wards are suffering from heart ailments and who are unable to bear the expenses of treatment of their children. In this context, an innovative scheme entitled Mukhyamantri Bal Hirday Upchar Yojana is being launched at the initiative of the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Thursday, July 14 in the state. The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself would inaugurate the scheme at a private hospital located in Bairagarh in the capital. The Health Minister Shri Narottam Mishra, Minister of State Shri Mahendra Hardia and Minister of State (independent charge) for Woman and Child Development Smt. Ranjana Baghel would also be present on the occasion.The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during his tours of various places of the state including Bhopal as well observed that that there is a very large group of such children who are suffering from heart diseases and unable to undergo proper treatment due to dearth of funds. The parents find themselves helpless seeing their beloved children in a state of trauma. The Chief Minister not only raised funds by selling out the mementos presented to him on different occasions but formulated Bal Hirday Upchar Yojana on behalf of the government.
Heart Ailments Identified Under The Scheme
The heart diseases, which are to be treated under the Mukhyamantri Bal Hirday Upchar Yojana, have been identified. These include VSD, ASD, TOF, PS, PDA, COA and RHD disease.
Hospitals Recognized For Treatment
As many as 13 government and private hospitals have been identified under the Bal Hirday Upchar Yojana which are located within the state and outside the state of Madhya Pradesh. The government and private hospitals which have been earmarked within the state include Hamidia Hospital affiliated to Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Chirayu Cardiac Centre, Bhopal and Indore’s Bhandari Hospital and Research Centre, CHL Apollo Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Gokuldas Heart Hospital and Vishesh Hospital. The CHL Medical Centre of Ujjain has also been identified for treatment.
Moreover, four hospitals located outside the state have also been identified for implementation of the scheme. These include AIIMS, New Delhi; All India Child Heart Hospital, Thiruvanantpuram; Cherian Madras Mission Hospital, Chennai and Narayan Hardayal, Bangaluru.
The procedure for treatment of eligible heart patient children has been laid down under the Mukhyamantri Bal Hirday Upchar Yojana. To extend the benefit of the scheme to the eligible children, a committee will be constituted which will be headed by the Dean of the Medical College concerned. Joint Director, Health Services would be Coordinator while specialist of Cardiology Department of the Medical College and Civil Surgeon-cum-Hospital Superintendent would be its members. The committee shall scrutinize the applications received and send the patients to the concerning hospital after examining them within seven days.
Under the scheme, the child patient would be provided with all kinds of medicines and investigation facility free of cost during the treatment. Along with this, arrangements for meals and boarding of two members of the family and the patient child would be made. Apart from this, the patient will be brought to the hospital and sent to his house after the treatment by a vehicle arranged by the department.
Moreover, a package of Rs. one lakh would be sanctioned for surgery from the State Sickness Assistance Fund for the children of the BPL families. In case of families above the poverty line, funds will be sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the surgery of their children.