Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has signed a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Prashanti Medical Services & Research Foundation (PMSRF) for providing world-class treatment free of cost to children and adults of Odisha suffering from cardiac diseases.
This is for the third term Odisha government has entered into an MoU with PMSRF for two years from 21.02.2023 to 20.02.2025, said an official press release.
As per the MoU, PMSRF shall organize free screening camps for children at District Hospitals or Medical Colleges & Hospitals or at any other suitable venue, to examine, confirm and categorize the suspected paediatric cardiac cases and provide feasible diagnostic facilities at the screening site (including Echo) free of cost.
The PMSRF shall provide treatment to the identified patients being referred by the Health and Family welfare Department, Government of Odisha for congenital cardiac defects at its hospitals on free of cost. Annually, around 500 children and 500 Adults referred by Government of Odisha shall be provided free surgery by PMSRF.
While children (age group: 3 months to 18 Years) will be treated at Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital at Ahmedabad, adults (age group: 19 years to 65 Years) will be treated at Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital at Rajkot.
The patient as well as the caretaker or escort of the patients shall not be liable to make any payment to PMSRF for the treatment/surgery of the patient, which includes accommodation, in PMSRF hospital.
The transportation charges of patients, to and from the Hospital in Ahmedabad & Rajkot will be met by the Government of Odisha.
PMSRF has agreed to extend free treatment to the patients from Odisha (identified in the screening camps or referred by the State) which shall include all pre & post medical diagnosis & investigations at hospital, cost of surgery/ surgeries, all pre and post-operative care at hospital required medications during hospitalization ICU charges, consumables and implants, stents, coils and grafts, etc.
The Odisha government had signed MoUs with the Prashanti Medical Services & Research Foundation (PMSRF) for the period from 2018 to 2022 during which 940 pediatric Cardiac patients and 256 adult Cardiac patients have been successfully operated on at Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital, Ahmedabad and Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital, Rajkot respectively.