April 18, 2015
Treatment of cardiac and blood-related problems to be free of cost in Bengal
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced that the State Government would soon make treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders completely free in state government-run hospitals and medical colleges.
The move by the State Government comes after a huge success of Fair Price Medicine shops and Diagnostic Centres.
The services to be provided would include all types of medicines, radiation therapy, surgical procedures like open heart surgery, bypass surgery, repair and replacement of valves and insertion of different types of implants like stents and pace makers, informed the West Bengal Chief Minister in a Facebook Post.
The scope of treatment of blood disorders including blood cancer, thalassemia, alplastic anaemia, hemophilia, etc would also be enhanced to offer universal coverage, the Chief Minister informed and said that the programme will be launched very soon after tying up the logistics and other issues.
Now, BPL patients are provided treatment and drugs free of cost at government hospitals. After the Chief Minister’s announcement, people of all income groups could avail themselves of free drugs and equipment.