Spe­cial cen­tre at Nerul hos­pi­tal to con­duct free heart surg­eries for 52 kids

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ■ ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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