Salil Mekaad| TNN | Sep 19, 2017, 12:34 IST
The 24-day-old girl from Dhar died last Saturday. Her family says treatment was denied to her despite having a sanction letter for the Rajya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) from the Dhar chief medical and health officer. The Bengaluru-based Narayana Hrudayalaya Ltd refuted the allegations, and said that the Madhya Pradesh government has a huge outstanding.
“We don’t turn away patients. We have a ‘Have a Heart’ scheme under which such patients are treated,” said NH Health City COO Joseph Pasangha, adding that four other patients from MP are admitted currently under the scheme. “There is an outstanding due since last year that the Madhya Pradesh government is yet to pay,” he said.
Confirming this, Madhya Pradesh principal secretary health Gauri Singh told TOI, “We have taken cognizance of the matter. The government has to pay Narayana Hrudayalaya Ltd an amount of Rs 2 crore.”
The child was born with a congenital heart disease — narrowing of aorta — on August 23, and needed immediate surgery. She was referred to the Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City, on September 11.
“The hospital, after receiving Rs 10,000 as deposit, admitted the child and ran tests for the next couple of days. Then, they asked for payment, saying they couldn’t continue the treatment otherwise,” her uncle Sumit told TOI. “We were told that the Madhya Pradesh government has crores of rupees in dues. ‘Get the money for the child’s treatment from the government, or pay yourself’ — that was their reply,” Sumit alleged.
Running from pillar to post for the money, the child’s father Manoj Verma came in contact with volunteers of Karnataka Janarogya Chaluvali (KJC), a health NGO. “We intervened and asked the hospital to communicate with the MP government while treating the child, but they continued to ask for payments from the family. How can the child be made a tool by the hospital to get dues cleared from a government?” KJC Karnataka state co-convenor Akhila Vasan said.