By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 2: Reiterating the State government’s commitment to stand with the people in their times of need, Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal said that health sector of the state is going through massive transformation and people’s health needs will be taken care of by the Government Health Department on a war footing.
Speaking at the cheque distribution function of Assam Arogya Nidhi to beneficiaries under tiol Health Mission at Guwahati Medical College Auditorium here today, Sonowal said that all pending Arogya Nidhi applications have been cleared. On February next year, a similar function will be held by the government and cheques will be distributed amongst all eligible beneficiaries again.
A total of 1978 beneficiaries were given Assam Arogya Nidhi cheques for life threatening ailments such as cancer, kidney diseases, heart ailments etc., with the objective of giving a helping hand in their fight against the diseases. Out of these 1978 beneficiaries, 1548 were cancer patients, 79 were kidney disease patients, 154 had heart ailments and the rest 197 comprise patients suffering from other ailments.
Similarly, with a view to providing benefits to people for treatment of critical diseases, the government has also launched Atal Amrit Abhiyan today coinciding the programme. This Abhiyan will provide fincial benefit up to Rs. 2 lakh and will help patients for treatment of diseases like cancer, heart ailment, kidney disease, burn etc. Beneficiaries could avail the benefit of the Abhiyan by producing the Atatl Amrit Abhiyan Card at any hospital in the country. The Abhiyan will be fully functiol from April 1, 2017.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and and other top officials of the Health Department were present on the occasion.