Guwahati, March 29: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ceremoniously distributed financial assistance of Rs 39.69 crore to 6,115 beneficiaries under the third phase of Atal Amrit Abhiyan in Guwahati.
“Our government has taken a slew of measures for development of the healthcare sector in Assam. Atal Amrit Abhiyan and the Free Diagnostics Service and Mobile Medical Unit for Tea Gardens are our humble initiatives to provide quality healthcare facilities to the poor and needy” said the CM.
Reiterating the state government’s commitment to equal development of all communities living in Barak and Brahmaputra Valleys, hills and plains, Sonowal urged the beneficiaries to play the role of ambassadors in creating awareness about the Atal Amrit Abhiyan in their own places.
State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the beneficiaries include 4,044 cancer, 1,011 kidney, 905 cardiovascular, 538 neuro, 35 neonatal and 32 burn patients.
“Out of 6,115 beneficiaries, 3,947 patients with more than Rs 25,000 financial assistance will get the grants today and another 2,168 patients with financial assistance between Rs 5,000-25,000 will get demand drafts at the district headquarters by next week” said Sarma.
It may be mentioned that till February 18, 2018, as many as 1,53,58,352 beneficiaries, including minors, enrolled in the scheme out of which 9,340 patients have received benefits on reimbursement mode. In the first and second phase, Rs 22.28 crore were provided to 3,236 patients and Rs 31.25 crore to 6,093 patients respectively.
Aarnav Borah with his mother (Image source)
It may be mentioned that the government disbursed Rs 1.99 lakh to the youngest beneficiary under the scheme – seven month old Aarnav Borah, who is diagnosed with kidney ailment.