Atal Sneh Yojana

After the launch and focus on the health of the children and covering some of the major diseases, the government of Gujarat has now shifted its focus to the core issues. As the Atalanta Sneh Yojana was launched on the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday on the 25th of December.Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced this scheme during the state-wide launch of School Health Program. Basically, the Atal Sneh Yojana will replace the decades-old Annual School Program which was being carried out by the health and education departments.

For this new scheme, the newborn children will be screened specifically to look for health defects and improve them. This is being launched wide across Gujarat.

Under this scheme, the newborn kids will be screened and given a treatment immediately if there is any illness found. It will be carried out for two long months.

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What is the objective of this scheme?

  • To provide the children with better health.
  • According to experts, 2.60 crore children are born in the country every year. Out of them, 17 lakh children have some form of illness or the other?
  • Having a country with a large population of ill health individuals is going to make a lot of difference on the international platform.
  • To fight back these diseases. To do this, the government has come forward with Atal Sneh Yojana as an initiative.

What kind of benefits will the children get from this?

  • In this Yojana, the newborn child will be referred to a doctor. If the case is not very serious, then they will be referred to a local facility for the treatment.
  • Children who are ill or born with some genetic diseases will receive the best available treatments from experts.
  • The children will also receive follow ups after their treatment from family health workers.
  • Also, the newborn babies will go through a complete health checkup from the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and the other health workers. These checkups will be done in both at both private and government hospitals.
  • If there are non-institutionalized deliveries that have taken place, then the social health care activists and the RBSK members will arrange a proper screening for the child in their health centers.
  • The Minister of State for Health in Gujarat has also announced a special cochlear implant surgery provided to the kids that are being born with hearing and speech impairment.

This means that all kinds of diseases will be checked and treated by the doctors provided by the state government.

Health infrastructure

One of the basic things that are needed to implement all of this is a good health care facility. Every district and every level of the local facility needs to have doctors and health care equipment available.

This is why the government of Gujarat is planning to launch an air ambulance facility. This way the human life can be saved during the golden hours. Many patients (including newborn kids) die because they do not receive proper treatment at the right time. This is because even ambulances get stuck in traffic and the patient does not reach a hospital in time. Now as a part of new health policy, the government has announced that an air ambulance service will be launched.

To improve the infrastructure of health, even more, the state government will soon train super-specialty doctors. They will also focus on providing modern medical care to the remote areas like the villages where poor lifestyle leads to more illnesses among the newborn.

To better implement the scheme, 25 new ambulances have already been launched in the state.

What are some of the diseases kids suffer from?

The children suffer from some very grave diseases such as complicated birth defects such as Down’s syndrome, congenital deafness, club foot, neural tube defect, etc. There are some diseases, which are there present in the dormant state within the genes. By checking the kids at their tender age, the doctors will be able to better treat them.

The Chief Minister of the state launched that all of the diseases that are detected at the maternity homes by the government, will be taken care of by the government.

 
Serial No. Information Data
1 Health commissioner and principal secretary of health

 

JP Gupta
2 The medical tests will be carried out in 30,000 schools approximately
3 The tests will be conducted by 4 lakh medics approximately

 

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