STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Augmenting his resolve to reach out to areas grappling with problem of accessibility, affordability and availability of quality healthcare facilities, Dr Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology Department SSH, conducted a day-long camp with residents of Ratnuchak village at Major Dhanantar Singh Narania Memorial Trust Disease Management Centre. Dr Sushil Sharma observed that the concern of affordability, which has largely been responsible for increase in cardiovascular and other major ailments, can be contained by availing benefits under Ayushman Bharat scheme. “This healthcare initiative of the Government will have a positive impact on nearly half of our population. It ensures a major change in terms of transforming the country’s healthcare scenario for all. The scheme reflects determination to provide succour to poorest of the poor and middle-class in terms of healthcare,” he said. Dr Sushil Sharma opined that Ayushman Bharat Yojana is very essential for people who otherwise felt abandoned in the development trajectory due to their low social and economic status. It aimed at providing portable coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, and a beneficiary covered under scheme would be allowed to avail cashless benefits from any public and private empanelled hospitals across the country, he said. Dr Sushil, while elaborating on Yojana said, earlier poor man used to be in dilemma whether to fulfill daily needs of his family or save life of an ailing member but with such a scheme in place, a large number of people from the lower side of socio-economic spectrum would be benefitted. In order to make intended objective of the scheme meaningful and fully workable, he exhorted both formal and informal agencies to make larger awareness of this scheme so that the noble vision of ‘Health for All’ under the Yojana can be reaped by the needful. Residents of the area including Girdhari Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Kaviraj Sharma, Qwabla Singh and Kishore Singh appreciated efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their locality for needy patients. Others who were part of the humane effort included Dr Abdul Hamid and Dhaneshwar Kapoor. Paramedics and volunteers included Dr Vivak Arya, Raghav Rajput, Gourav Sharma, Vikas Kumar, Aman Gupta, Akshay Kumar, Manav Khurana, Rajinder Singh, Maninder Singh and Rohit Chalotra.
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