Saturday, October 16, 2010

HDHI Press Release

HDHI Press Release


Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, today visited Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI), Ludhiana for a get-together with children who have undergone treatment under a joint scheme of the National Rural Health Mission and the Govt. of Punjab. Under this scheme, children suffering from heart disease and studying in Govt. schools in Punjab are provided treatment at select super-specialty hospitals, the cost of which is entirely borne by the Govt. authorities.

The Health Minister interacted with around 250 such children who had gathered at the institute from all over Punjab. The children, alongwith the hospital staff and famous Comedian Jaswinder Bhalla, participated in an entertainment program on the occasion.

Commenting on the initiative, Prem Gupta, Secretary DMCH Managing Society said, "The scheme launched in May 2009 at the personal initiative of the minister herself, has come as a blessing for hundreds of children coming from poor strata of our society. The get-together today had been organised to so that the awareness regarding the scheme reaches a much wider audience and more children are able to avail its benefits. Also, through this function, we desire to send the message regarding the normalcy of life after such treatment to instill much-needed confidence amongst the children and their parents."

On her part, Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, said, "I am happy to see that the initiative taken by us is serving the purpose that it was supposed to serve. And since young lives are at stake, we ensure that minimal time and paperwork is involved in clearing these cases. All the parents have to do is to first approach the principal of their ward's school and then the authorities at Parivar Kalyan Bhavan, Chandigarh where Assistant Director, Health Education, himself takes the initiative to sanction their cases at the earliest.

Personally, the most satisfying part of the scheme has been to see the happy faces of the children and their parents after their child's recovery. The success of this scheme attests to the fact that properly directly government schemes can make a real difference to someone\'s life."

The Health Minister was accompanied by Vice Chairman, Planning Board Prof. Rajinder Bhandari, Director Family Welfare Dr. Ashok Nayyar, Assistant Director, Health Education Dr. KS Dhillon, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana Dr. Satwant Bhalla and Additional Civil Surgeon Dr. Yashpal Mehta.

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