Bhubaneswar, Dec 8: The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana(BSKY) became the saviour for a poor and helpless girl Sneha from Odisha's Bargarh district.
With it, the BSKY has been proved as a panacea for poverty-stricken people through free super speciality clinical care in Odisha-based hospitals and any hospital across the nation.
Divya Seth of village Ambapalli in Bargarh district says, “ My sister Sneha Seth ( 14 years) suffered from blood cancer for the last one and half year. We treated her in different hospitals. In the process, a woman who has availed free treatment at the Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Vishakhapatnam through her BSKY card told us about the superspecialty cancer care provided here in the hospital. Accordingly, we went to the hospital where the BSKY officials helped us.
"We got free admission in the hospital. The doctors prescribed all tests, treatment, and bone marrow transplants free of cost. Now, my sister is almost well”, said Sneha's mother.
She adds, “We are too grateful to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the enunuciation of the BSKY Card, and the godly doctors of the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital for their healing touches and excellent treatment”.
The case of Sneha is not a lone one. As on records, around 10.51 lakh beneficiaries have availed free super speciality treatment in private sector hospitals during the last 10 months i.e. from January to October 2023 through BSKY. It's an all-time high record with a growth rate of about 219 per cent higher the last year. BSKY, the unique scheme of the State Government has brought visible transformation in the health services scenario in Odisha.