NRHM Scheme: Students to get full treatment

It’s not going to be the usual routine check-up and data entry process during this year’s health scheme for school students, if the promises made by the authorities are to be believed.

Rather than a mere one-time check up, a mechanism has been devised to ensure full treatment of a student who has been diagnosed with an ailment.

“This time we’ve introduced ‘follow-up’ scheme under which the student will be offered free treatment periodically till he/she fully recovers from the illness.

For this we have tied up with private hospitals willing to provide treatment at discounted rates”, NRHM district co-ordinator Dr M.Beena said.

For availing of the facility, parents should give their consent or provide written statements. “Follow-up treatment will be needed for those children who have ENT problems or heart ailments.

In such cases, a Junior Public Health Nurse, or a particular teacher or one of the parents will have to take the student to a specialist hospital,” she said.

The treatment will be free and even the transportation charges for the periodic hospital visits will be met from the scheme.

“If the doctors prescribe a costly medicine, each of the students will be given `1,000. Similarly, for those requiring surgeries, we’ll arrange it at short notice through our network,” the official said.

This time over, a comprehensive package will be provided and the authorities have tied up with hospitals to give treatment for mental health, dental and eye ailments.

“We’ve tied up with the Co-operative Medical College, Amrita Dental College and Lions Club International,” Dr Beena said.

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