Over 17,000 benefit under medical care for poor

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu
Cancer patients top the list of beneficiaries, followed by those suffering from heart conditions, sickle-cell and spinal injuries

Aug 2, 2017-More than 17,000 people benefited in the past year under the government’s poor citizens’ medical treatment programme (PCMTP), officials said. 

Altogether 17,218 new and old patients, suffering from various diseases like cancer, kidney, heart and spinal cord complications received treatment at 52 health institutions across the country, according to the Logistics Management Division of the Department of Health Services. 

“Of the total Rs1.5 billion spent on their treatment, Rs1 billion has already been released,” the division said, adding that it has earmarked Rs1.18 billion for the programme for the current fiscal. 

The government has been providing monetary assistance for the treatment of patients suffering from eight major diseases like kidney, heart, cancer, spinal injury, head injuries, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and sickle-cell. 

Under the programme, a maximum of Rs820,000 is provided for each patient with the aforementioned diseases requiring dialysis, transplant and medicines, while in cases of other disease, treatment worth a maximum of Rs100,000 is provided. 

At 8,646, cancer patients top the list of beneficiaries, followed by those suffering from heart conditions (3,342), sickle-cell (568), spinal injury (176) , head injury (67), Parkinson’s (17) and Alzheimer’s (9). 

A total of 131 patients underwent kidney transplant, while 4,168 received dialysis and 88 peritoneal dialysis services.

Published: 02-08-2017 07:20

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