All Ex­penses Paid

India Today - - THE STATE OF THE STATES - By Kaushik Deka

When Fak Zuala, 50, a land­less farm hand from Dar­lawn, vom­ited blood for two days, he knew he had to some­how get him­self to the Aizawl Civil Hos­pi­tal ( ACH) 150 km away to be in safe hands. A neig­bour who was Aizawl-bound brought him along. Zuala, now a re­lieved man, is await­ing the doc­tor’s nod to be dis­charged. His en­tire ex­pense, right down to three bot­tles of blood, was borne by the govern­ment un­der the com­bined Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yo­jna ( RSBY) and Mi­zo­ram State Health Care Scheme ( MSHCS).

In the bed next to Zuala is K. Ri­mawia, 33, a daily wage earner from Zawn­gin, 170 km off Aizawl. Doc­tors have not been able to di­ag­nose the cause of his fever and are con­tem­plat­ing send­ing him to a big­ger hos­pi­tal in Guwa­hati. “We have a tie-up with sev­eral hos­pi­tals in Guwa­hati and Kolkata whereby pa­tients re­ferred by us get treat­ment up to Rs 3 lakh free,” says Lal­biak Kima, ACH med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent.

“Un­der RSBY, a be­low poverty line pa­tient gets free treat­ment up to Rs 30,000 while an­other Rs 70,000 is paid un­der MSHCS, if needed. In case of crit­i­cal ill­ness, the pa­tient gets free treat­ment up to Rs 3 lakh,” says Health Min­is­ter Lal­rin­liana Sailo. Peo­ple above the poverty line can also avail the fa­cil­ity by pay­ing a yearly premium of Rs 500-Rs 1,000. Sailo has made it manda­tory for ev­ery doc­tor to serve two years in re­mote ar­eas. “Now, doc­tors do not mind serv­ing in re­mote ar­eas since it is a fixed ten­ure of two years,” says Sailo.

A to­tal of 110 health­care of­fi­cials were re­cruited in 2009 and 2010 and posted to ru­ral ar­eas. The re­sults are ev­i­dent. Malaria deaths came down from 119 in 2009 to 31 in 2010. Ad­mis­sion of preg­nant women in hos­pi­tals for de­liv­ery has in­creased from 65 per cent in 2008 to 76 per cent in 2010. Mi­zo­ram is also the only state in the North-east to have a govern­ment eye bank. Till Oc­to­ber 13, 58 corneas have been col­lected and 41 trans­plants per­formed at ACH. Sailo wants more. “Mi­zo­ram needs a med­i­cal col­lege­cum-hos­pi­tal. I’m do­ing all I can to set it up,” he says.

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