Odisha signs MoU to provide Free Cardiac Treatment

The Odisha government has signed an MoU with Prasanti Medical Services and Research Foundation for the extension of free cardiac treatment services to the poor and needy children of Odisha for the next 2 years at Satya Sai Heart Hospital in Ahmedabad.

Initially, a deal was struck on 18th November 2018 for providing free services to the children of Odisha with cardiac ailments. On 19th November 2020, the extended MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Supreme Court judge Vineet Saran, Orissa High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq, former Chief Justice of Odisha Kalpesh Jhaveri and Health Minister Naba Kishore Das.

“As per the agreement, Odisha Government will identify and bear the transportation cost of ailing children. All the services are provided free of cost and so far 1019 children have undergone cardiac surgery and cured of their heart ailments,” tweeted the CMO.

The free treatment for the next batch of children with cardiac ailments will resume soon after the COVID-19 situation improves. After the resumption of the operation, the foundation will bear all the pre and post-operative supervision of patients at the hospital, including medicines, stents and coils. Similarly, transport aid will be provided by the state government to the patients, along with guides referred to PMSRF.

“The state government is committed to make all efforts for fulfilling the healthcare needs of our people, especially the underprivileged and the under-served, in an equitable, accessible, affordable, transparent and time-bound manner. One such remarkable step in this direction has been to ensure that the poor people of Odisha get free cardiac treatment and are given a new lease of life,” stated Patnaik.

The CM also said that the state government is renewing the MoU to ensure that the poor continue to receive this critical health service. The meeting concluded with Patnaik commending the foundation for its commitment to serve humanity and expressing his happiness over the free treatment of more than 1000 patients from Odisha in the last two years.

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