State declares health schemes to benefit underprivileged

Minister of state for health Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya on Friday said that the state government will distribute certain expensive cancer drugs among poor patients free of cost in its hospitals in the city.

This is part of the project initiated by the present government to provide better health care facilities to the underprivileged.

The minister said that the decision would be implemented from 2 October. The Chief Minster had earlier expressed her desire for running a scheme through which the poor patients suffering from cancer will get some expensive drugs in the hospitals for free.

The minister today made this announcement while speaking at the inauguration of a new facility ward at the SSKM hospital. The ENT department of the SSKM hospital has conducted cochlear implant (CI) surgeries on four patients who are deaf or have hearing problem for free.