1.5-year-old undergoes free heart surgery

Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 4

The National Child Health Programme has given a fresh lease of life to a 1.5-year-old boy Anmol as he underwent a free of cost heart surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, after being detected with congenital heart disease.

Under the health screening programme of the Punjab Government by the health department in schools and angarwadi kendras , the child was identified with major heart problems at anganwadi kendra of Palahi Gate in Phagwara last month.

Dr Prabhjot Jabbal, who heads the health team that led to the screening of child, said as the teams identified the disease of child, they informed the senior medical officer at Phagwara Civil Hospital Dr Lehmbar Ram and Civil Surgeon Dr Parminder Kaur and after getting administrative approvals immediately they referred the case to Fortis Mohali.

Under the programme, the Punjab Government covers the 0-18 years of children in schools and anganwadi kendras, under which treatment for 30 major diseases have been provided to the needy children free of cost in government or multi super-specialty hospitals as per the needs.

After the heart surgery, he recently got discharged. A team of doctors from Phagwara remains in touch with the Anmol’s father Prince and mother Jyoti to ensure the recovery of child is as per the medical parameters.

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