Special centre at Nerul hospital to conduct free heart surgeries for 52 kids
NERUL: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday inaugurated the state’s first chief minister medical relief cell (CMMRC) at Dr DY Patil hospital in Nerul.
The special centre will witness free heart surgeries of 52 children from Sangli district who are currently admitted at the hospital.
Vijay Patil, president of D Y Patil group, said, “The common man finds it hard to afford treatment of serious diseases. Hence, sadly, a number of patients lose their lives due to it.”
He added, “Some patients get help from the NGOs while the chief minister relief fund too comes to the rescue of the poor patients. However, there is a limit to the support and the relief that the patients get.”
In order to ensure that a maximum number of people can be helped, a delegation from the hospital met the chief minister. We offered to provide completely free treatment to the patients admitted to the CMMRC at our hospital, said Patil.
Following the offer, the health department of the government conducted a survey of students in the rural areas.
It found 52 children in Sangli district were suffering from serious heart ailments. All these children were brought to DY Patil hospital on December 3.
Patil said, “Our hospital will diagnose the ailments of our children through our doctors. We will then perform surgery on all the children without charging anything for it.”
Praising the initiative taken by the hospital, Fadnavis said, “The case of these children had been taken to several hospitals but they were turned away for want of money. The offer from D Y Patil hospital has come as a boon to them and no appreciation is enough for the group.”