Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government’s ambitious health assurance scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) has turned a savior for poor and helpless people by providing super specialty clinical care in top hospitals in and outside the State.
Meet Sneha Seth, a resident of Ambapalli in Bargarh district, who availed a super specialty cancer treatment outside the State under the government’s health care scheme.
Her elder sister Dibya said, “My sister Sneha (14 ) suffered from blood cancer for the last one year. We treated her in different hospitals. In the process, a woman who got free treatment in Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Vishakhapatnam under BSKY told us about the hospital. We went to the hospital with the card. BSKY officials helped us. We got free admission to the hospital. The doctors did all clinical investigations, treatment, and bone marrow transplantation free of cost. Now, my sister is doing well”.
“We are grateful to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for such a pro-people scheme. I also thanked the doctors of Mahatma Gandhi hospital for their excellent treatment”, she added.
The case of Sneha is not the only matter. Lakhs of patients are being benefited under the scheme.
As the data shows, around 10.51 lakh poor patients have got free super specialty treatment in private hospitals from January 2023 to October through BSKY thereby recording a growth rate of about 219 percent over the last year.
The unique scheme of State Government has brought visible transformation in the health service scenario in Odisha.