10 yr old with heart disease gets new lease of life

A 10 year old son of a migrant labourer hailing from Bihar, got a new lease of life in Punjab after the health department authorities in Moga initiated efforts for his heart surgery free of cost at the Fortis Hospital Mohali under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram a healthcare scheme launched by the Union Government for schoolgoing children up to 18 years.

Bikram Singh, son of Vindeshwar Singh belongs to a poor family who migrated from Bihar to Punjab to earn livelihood. His father has been working as a daily wage labourer here for the past couple of years.Vindeshwar Singh said his son started having breathing problems at the age of two, even while walking at a slow pace. He said someone told him about the availability of good healthcare facilities in Punjab so he made up his mind to come there he said. Hoping for his son’s treatment he moved to Bughipura village on the outskirts of Moga city and started working as a labourer.After bringing the matter into the notice of the higher authorities in the health department, the surgery was successfully performed free of cost at Fortis Hospital Mohali said his father. Now Bikram has fully recovered from post-surgery conditions.Dr Neelam Bhatia,Senior Medical Officer of Civil Hospital Dhudike said under the Rashtriya Bal Swasth Karyakaram, children up to the age of 18 years were screened in anganwaris and schools for providing free treatment for 30 deadly diseases.

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