**Bhubaneswar: ** Gracing the inaugural function of the Annual Conference of Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) provides free treatment for Renal Transplantation to the needy patients and more than 150 transplantations have been carried out in the State-run Medical Colleges free of cost till date.
In his keynote address, the Chief Minister said, “Kidney related diseases are on the rise all over the globe especially in this part of the world. Considering this, my Government, under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, is providing free dialysis services to all the needy people of the State in our Medical Colleges, District Headquarters Hospitals and other selected Hospitals.”
He informed, “This year alone, more than 35 thousand patients have been treated with 70 thousand dialysis sessions, free of cost, under this initiative, popularly known as SAHAY.”
He also informed, “Under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, the State Government also provides free treatment for Renal Transplantation to the needy patients with an annual income of less than Rs 3 lakhs. Till date, more than 150 transplantations have been carried out in our Medical Colleges, free of cost.”
He also stated, “All the diagnostic procedures for kidney and associated diseases like diabetes have also been made free in our health facilities.”
The Odisha Chief Minister mentioned, “A healthy life is the greatest gift for anyone. All of us must strive to make healthy living a way of life. Human endeavour to create a healthy and disease free world has resulted in advancements in health sciences. This has created the potential in us to control most of the diseases to a great extent.”
“With the launch of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, the State Government is committed to provide free healthcare services to all the needy people of the State,” he further mentioned.
Conveying his compliments and best wishes to the organizers and delegates for their efforts to make this conference successful, the Chief Minister said, “I am sure the presentations and deliberations during the conference will inspire new and innovative diagnostics and treatment solutions in the field of Nephrology.”
The Chief Minister also awarded Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN) Fellowships to 8 distinguished Nephrologists of the country.
Odisha Health Minister Pratatp Jena, officers of the Health Department and office bearers of ISN attended the inaugural function.
Notably, the National Conference is being held in Odisha for the second time in last 12 years.
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