Recently we had shared the news about Smriti Rai, daughter of Bijay Rai from of Bhargoan Busty in Batasey, Maney Bahnjyang needing help with the treatment of her heart disease. Thanks to all of you, the news was shared widely and support for her has been coming in from far and wide. So far, around Rs 25000 have been donated.
But more importantly, we came to know about a Government of India run program which takes care of 30 different forms of diseases for FREE, thanks to Ms. Prerna Chettri who informed us of the same, and Mr. Sangam Khawas who was kind enough to fill in the details.
This is what we have been informed… and we are sharing the same, with the hope that it will help our people become aware of this amazing initiative by the Central government.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, under the National Health Mission have launched the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), an innovative and ambitious initiative, which envisages Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services, a systemic approach of early identification and link to care, support and treatment.
Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services basically refer to early detection and management of a set of 30 health conditions prevalent in children less than 18 years of age. These conditions are broadly Defects at birth, Diseases in children, Deficiency conditions and Developmental delays including Disabilities – 4D’s.
Mr. Sangam Khawas the District Program Associate informed us, “under this program, a Mobile Health Team visit schools, and ICDS and screen children. If any child is identified with one of these diseases (see pic for details), they are referred to higher hospitals for treatment. If the district hospital is not able to take care of the disease, the patient (child) get referred to a hospital with higher facility. In our region Dr. Chang’s Super Specialty hospital is empanelled with School Health under Sisu Sathi scheme and this is where most of the heart, renal, VSD, ASD and other serious diseases are cured. In case they are unable to treat the patient, the patient is referred to BM Birla hospital in Kolkata for treatment, and if needed the children are sent to hospitals with better specialties elsewhere in India.
Once the child/adolescent upto the age of 18 is screened and referred from any of these points of identification, it is ensured that the necessary treatment/intervention is delivered at zero cost to the family. The only cost to the family is on the part of transportation and expenses incurred for the family members to be with the child.
In case of any such need, the Children can see a doctor in general OPD at any government hospital and ask for School Health Doctor and the process is put in place immediately.
They can also call or email at the given number.
District Program Management Unit
Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK)
Lewis Jubilee, Main Building 2nd Floor.
Contact: Arun Sharma,
District Program Officer
Phone: 98324-81134, 86373-49501
We are happy to inform you all that Smriti’s appointment at Dr. Chang’s has been set for the 18th of December.
We THANK everyone who cared enough to donate for Smriti, and we also THANK everyone who shared her news. We are hopeful, you will all kindly share this report so that we can inform everyone about this initiative.