GUWAHATI: The first batch of 19 children with heart ailments left on a flight for Ahmedabad in Gujarat to avail free treatment under the aegis of the Rajkot-based Prashanti Medical Services & Research Foundation.
Before the children caught their flight, Assam's Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta interacted with them and assured their families that all expenditure will be taken care by the Foundation and the state government.
It is pertinent to recall that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between Assam's Health and Family Welfare Department and the Prashanti Medical Services & Research Foundation in the presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, as per which the Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospitals at Rajkot and Ahmedabad would conduct sophisticated heart surgeries upon 500 children and an equal number of adults belonging to the disadvantaged sections of the society, who will be requiring treatment within a period of two years, the term duration of the agreement.
Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals are run by the Prashanti Medical Services & Research Foundation, a charitable trust, and are the only hospitals in the country where heart surgeries are conducted entirely free of cost.
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