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Raipur emerges as main centre for free treatment of congenital heart diseases

RAIPUR: Naya Raipur has been emerging rapidly as a main centre in the map of the country for free treatment and operation of congenital heart diseases.

Run by a social organisation, Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevni Hospital here has been providing free of cost treatment and operation to all kinds of heart patients, without any caste, religion, country, state and income limitations. As all the services and facilities here are free, there is no billing counter in the hospital. Free food and housing for the patient and one attendant has been arranged here.

According to hospital sources, besides paediatric cardiac surgery, complicated operations of congenital heart patients, from newly-born to youngsters up to 35 years of age group were being done free of cost. The hospital has a small medical pharmacy unit, where all necessary medicines have been given free to the heart patients, as per the prescriptions of the doctors.

The 25-bed hospital established near Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium at sector-2 in Naya Raipur, has created a new identity in the treatment world of Chhattisgarh in the country within a short span of one-and-half years.

It was the intention of chief minister Dr Raman Singh that if such social service organisations come forward and start their institutions in Naya Raipur, the state government would be interested in assisting them in every possible manner. NRDA had allotted about 30 acre land to the Sri Satya Sai Health and Education Trust for establishing the hospital in Naya Raipur.

Within a period of 18 months, free treatment of over 3,000 heart patients from 17 states of the country and from Bangladesh, Nepal and Nigeria has been done in the OPD. Free heart operation of 333 patients has been performed, of which 108 were open heart surgery.

Two paediatric cardiologists, one cardiac anesthesia specialist, two child specialists and about 100 nurses and paramedical staff are providing day and night services in this hospital.

According to officers of the hospital, specialist doctors in the hospital give necessary advice to the patients after their health check up. Besides children, any person of any age group suffering from congenital heart diseases are being treated free of cost here, they added.