Jaipur, May 1. Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot said that Rajasthan has become a leading state in the country in implementing Universal Health Coverage. With over 1.34 crore families in the State being linked with Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana, costly treatment of diseases of kidney, heart, liver, bone marrow etc are now being provided free of cost.
The State Government launched ambitious schemes like Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana and Mukhyamantri Nishulk Nirogi Rajasthan for providing better health services and relieving people of the tension of costly treatment expenses.
Shri Gehlot was inaugurating a free mega heart camp organised in Jaipur by Shri Satya Sai Heart Hospital, Rajkot and Ahmedabad on Sunday. He said that free surgery for 314 children and other people with heart diseases was done as per an MoU with Shri Satya Sai Hospital. The Government provided an amount of Rs 5,000 for taking and bringing children to and from Gujarat. A heart operation in a private hospital costs lakhs of rupees. This hospital is carrying out such expensive procedure free of cost and it is a great service to humankind. He met the children who came from the hospital after recovering and gave tokens of free heart surgery to sick children.
Ensuring free treatment through various schemes
The Chief Minister said that action is being taken to list over 5,000 medicines, surgical and sutures under Nishulk Nirogi Rajasthan Yojana. Besides, arrangements have been made for cashless treatment in all the hospitals. For this, additional facilities for essential medicines and tests are being ensured in the hospitals. The State Government is paying the insurance premium for those coming under National Food Security Act, people identified in Socio-economic census 2011, contract personnel, small and marginal farmers and all the families that have received covid ex-gratia amount under Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana and all other families can get linked to this scheme by paying half of the insurance premium. So far, more than 72,000 cancer patients and more than 35,000 heart patients have been treated under this scheme and more than 11 lakh patients have been provided free treatment. The State Government has spent over Rs 1400 crore from May 2021 till date. The insurance cover under the scheme has been increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.
Social Security a universal right
The Chief Minister said that social security is the right of every needy person. The State Government is committed to provide social security to each eligible person and free medicines and treatment in hospitals are part of this. He said that the time is ripe for all the states to implement this. He urged the Central Government to implement social security in the entire country. The UPA Government brought Right to Education, Right to Employment, and Right to Food Security, which were initial steps in this direction.
Rajasthan Model discussed worldwide during pandemic
The Chief Minister said that the Rajasthan model for effective management of global pandemic such as corona was praised in the entire country and the world. The State Government had worked with priority to save lives and livelihood. Arrangements were made to provide food to the needy with the pledge ‘No One Sleeps Hungry’.
Diseases increasing due to climate change and changing lifestyle
The Chief Minister said that according to a British research the diseases that used to affect the people earlier at the age of 75, are now affecting people at the age of 50, for which climate change and changing food habits are majorly responsible. He said that such research should be conducted in the country also and experts must find measures to prevent such diseases.
Health Minister Shri Parsadi Lal Meena, former Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma, former Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shri Arjun Modvadiya, Gujarat Member of Legislative Assembly Shri Himmat Patel and Shri Satya Sai Seva Sansthan’s Shri Sudhir Gupta, Shri Manoj Bhimani and other members were present on this occasion.
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