Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today said that children who are suffering from heart diseases will be operated upon free-of-cost during the next five years. He was inaugurating the 'Child Heart Surgery Centre' and two operation theatres at the Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevni Hospital at Naya Raipur. There are 48 children admitted to the Sai Hospital, including six children from Pakistan. There are child patients from Odisha,Jammu-Kashmir, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Dr. Raman Singh wished the children a speedy recovery and spoke to their relatives and wished them well.
He said the State Government had taken this humanitarian step to make children hale and hearty. The Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevni Hospital has to play a crucial role in achieving the goal of making children healthy. He added 'Mukyamantri Bal Hruday Suraksha Yojana' is in operation since 2008. About four thousand children have been operated upon since then. Dr. Raman Singh visited the Meditation centre 'Sri Satya Sai Sowbhagyam' on the hospital premises. He inaugurated the 'Chhattisgarh-The Heart of India'-depicting State's cultural heritage, historical places, tourist spots, archaeological sites, Adivasi culture, by lighting a lamp. Dr. Raman Singh urged the Sri Satya Sai Trust to open a school at Naya Raipur and assured that the State will provide land free-of-cost. The authorities will help if the hospital is expanded in future. Padma Bhushan Awardee Dr. M. S. Waalisadhan, Padmashree awardee Dr. K. M. Cheriyan and Dr. Narasimhan Murthy were present as chief guests. Additional Chief Secretary Mr. N. Baijendra Kumar and Principal Secretary Mr. Aman Kumar Singh and a lot of senior officers were present at the function. Dr. Raman Singh appreciated the humanitarian efforts of the Sai Hospital where 800 children were operated upon free-of-cost till now. About Five thousand children were given free medical check-up and four thousand camps were conducted in various schools. He met children who were operated upon and recovering and presented them with gifts given by the Trust.
Chairman of Sri Satya Sai Trust Mr. C. Srinivasan, Dr. Krishna Mohan and Dr. K. M. Cheriyan also spoke.