Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has asked the health secretary to immediately notify a cabinet decision giving 2 lakh mediclaim benefits to children suffering from cerebral palsy, skeletal deformity and bone deformities.
“Almost one-and-half-years back, the state cabinet took a decision to extend mediclaim facilities to parents of children born with cerebral palsy, skeletal deformity and bone deformities and it was decided to give 2 lakh to them to ensure that such children get the best available treatment. However, the scheme was not implemented as it was not notified,” said Rane.
The health minister has now asked the under secretary (health) to immediately notify the scheme.
Rane further said that people who are not domiciled in Goa will not get free treatment and transplant in GMC. “They will have to pay for the services,” said Rane.
Goa will soon become the first state in the country to maintain a diabetes registry, “We will give a card to each patient and the diabetes register will be maintained by the directorate of health services,” said Rane. Meanwhile, the GMC plans to conduct renal transplants in the urology department of the hospital.
“There are many patients who need to have kidney transplants as lifelong dialysis is not the solution. Financial burden of dialysis is huge on the family and a person on dialysis finds it difficult to work and this affects his social and economic well being,” said urologist Madhu, who will be performing the renal transplants in GMC.