West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, who is also in-charge of the Health Department of the State, has decided the poor will be provided with free ‘stent’ for angioplasty.
This innovative step is being taken by the West Bengal Government after a detailed study by the specialised Committee formed by the CM. In the report submitted by the Committee, USA’s Bear Metal Platinum Chromium’s stent has been recommended. After negotiating with the company, the WB Govt drew up a model plan for free distribution of stent.
In the State Government’s Super Specialty hospital, SSKM, everyday nearly 200 cases of angioplasty takes place alone.
To apply for the stent, the concerned patient has to apply to the State Government through the hospital Super with a copy of his/her income certificate. After scrutiny, the same will be granted. The stent also can be procured from the ‘Fair Price Medical Shop’, in that case it will be reimbursed by the ‘State Illness Assistant Fund’, later.