NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme to include heart transplants for poor patients

NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme to include heart transplants for poor patients
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The State government will include heart transplant surgeries under the NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme to extend helping hand to poor heart patients to undergo the same at government hospitals. 

Amaravati: The State government will include heart transplant surgeries under the NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme to extend helping hand to poor heart patients to undergo the same at government hospitals.

As part of this measure, the government is likely to bear the expenses of medicines required for the patients for the period of five years, for those who would undergo transplant surgery using the scheme.

The government held negotiations with the cardiothoracic surgeons and top officials in the Medical and Health department before finalising the same. The government has already completed necessary exercise for the purpose and expected to issue a GO within a week or 10 days.

Principal secretary of the Medical and Health department Poonam Malakondaiah had already assured the doctors that the government would bring the heart transplants under the NTR Vaidya Seva scheme.

In line with the same, the government had already held deliberations with the doctors, and will hold a meeting with flight operators soon. The costs of the air ambulances would be borne by the State government and would be included in the NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme.

Expressing happiness over the development, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr.A Gopala Krishna Gokhale said: “In order to perform heart transplant surgery, we have to conduct various tests on the patient. At present, we are collecting donations from the donors to perform heart transplant to the poor patients.

If it is included in the NTR Vaidya Seva, we need not search for donors. As soon as brain dead person is available, we will perform heart transplant surgeries. “

Vice-Chancellor of Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences Prof.T Ravi Raju said: “Three heart patients are waiting for heart transplant surgeries in the GGH. We are waiting for the hearts of brain dead persons.

If hearts are available, we will perform heart transplant surgeries. Similarly, heart surgeries will be conducted in other government hospitals in the State.”

By: VL Syam Sundar

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