On October 14, 2020 Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan virtually launched the Second Phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojana” from Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi. It will benefit underprivileged patients.
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Vandana Gurnani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (AS & MD), Pramod Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director, Coal India were present during the launch.
The beneficiaries are Underprivileged Thalassemia Patients who are eligible for Bone Marrow Transplantation but lack financial support.
The program is funded by Coal India’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
i.It will provide a Financial Assistance of INR 10 Lakhs per Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) for 200 Patients.
ii.The Scheme has been extended to cover a total of 200 Aplastic Anaemia Patients from 2020.
iii.The program was launched in 2017 to provide one-time cure opportunities for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients with matched family donors.
iv.The Union Minister highlighted that Blood Transfusion facilities have been made available in district hospitals and health centres at sub-district level to help patients.
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i.On June 24, 2020, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and its Minister of State (MoS), Ashwini Kumar Choubey launched the Annual “India TB (Tuberculosis) Report 2020” through a virtual event which is released by Central TB Division (CTD), MoHFW.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
Union Minister – Dr Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS) – Ashwini Kumar Choubey