Needy and underprivileged children from Odisha can avail free cardiac care at Satya Sai Hospital in Ahmedabad for another two years. The state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Prasanti Medical Service and Research Foundation (PMSRF) for extension of the services.
The state government had roped in the hospital on November 18, 2018, for providing free cardiac treatment to the children of Odisha with heart ailments. As per the agreement, the state government identifies and bears the transportation cost of ailing children. All the services are provided free of cost.
Till now, 1,019 children have undergone cardiac surgery and cured of their heart ailments. The next batch of children with cardiac ailments will be sent for treatment soon after a brief pause due to COVID situation. It was Supreme Court Judge Justice Vineet Saran who introduced the PMSRF to Odisha.
All pre and postoperative care of patients at the hospital, including medicines, stents, coils, etc are borne by the foundation. The transport assistance is provided by the state government to the patients along with escorts referred to PMSRF, as per their eligibility under different schemes implemented in the state.