To facilitate the cancer patients for their treatment in reputed hospitals, financial aid from Chief Minister Cancer Relief Fund worth Rs. 6 Crore 19 lacs 50 thousand provided to 413 cancer patients in the district. Stating this Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that out of 416 applications received from Cancer patients, the financial help to 413 patients have been provided and remaining 3 cases financial assistance worth Rs. 4 lacs 50 thousand will be provided with in week.Sidhu said that Govt. of Punjab is taking concrete steps to eradicate the dreadful ailment. On the other hand government is also generating awareness towards this disease.
He said that the motive of Punjab Govt. for providing financial help to Cancer patients is to facilitate them to get better treatment facilities. He said that efforts are being done to provide better facilities and to generate health awareness, so that they could live healthy lives. He said that under School Health Plan medical check up of students is being conducted through Health Department. As such, covering to 361 schools in the district, health check-up of approximate 30 thousand 678 students stands conducted and during this free specs has been provided to students whereas free dental diagnose was done for students.
He said that, under National Rural Health Mission, free check-up and diagnoses through PGI Chandigarh, is being done for the school children of Govt. and affiliated schools who are suffering from cancer, CHD, RHD.sidhu said that under Janani Suraksha Yojana, Financial assistance to poor families is also provided after delivery. Under this, financial assistance worth Rs. 700 is being provided to the eligible for institutional delivery in rural area and Rs. 500 for urban areas. He said that financial assistance in villages is being provided through Village Health Sanitation Committees. He said that under National Health Insurance Plan, 2828 cards have been provided to 8052 families which are below poverty line.
As such, through these cards financial assistance to accommodate health facilities is being provided. During the current financial year Rs. 5 lacs 18 thousand 575 stands provided to 123 families under this plan.Deputy Commissioner said that, to facilitate the distant villages, a Mobile Medical Unit have been started by health department. This Mobile Medical Unit provides basic health facilities at distant slum areas, The Mobile Medical Unit also conducts free medical check-up including ECG, X-Ray & other basic lab test.Photo Caption: Deputy Commissioner Sh. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu explaining about the financial aid provided to cancer patients in the district.