Oppn pitches for health check-ups under DDSSY | Goa News


Porvorim: Health minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday assured the House that Deen Dayal Swashtya Seva Yojna (DDSSY) will be examined to include preventive health check-ups even as he said that “health for all” the initiative announced by the chief minister in the budget aims at increasing screenings and conducting more camps at grassroots level.
GFP MLA Vijai Sardesai had moved a private member’s resolution making the recommendations for preventive health check-up under DDSSY in various hospitals which he withdrew after the assurance by the health minister. Sardesai said the UK’s National Health Services (NHS), one of the best healthcare providers in the world, offers preventive health checks for heart ailments and that the Goa government should emulate it.
He said a few months ago, a 28-year-old footballer from his constituency collapsed on the ground and died.
People suffering from heart disease, not necessarily aged but even young, having hereditary heart ailment can die suddenly even before they have a chance to seek medical help.
“In such cases, preventive heart check-ups become important, and so it is included under DDSSY,” he said.
Opposition leader Digambar Kamat, independent legislator Rohan Khaunte, NCP MLA Churchill Alemao also spoke in support of the resolution.
The health minister, refusing to amend DDSSY to add the procedure to the list of 447 interventions offered under the cashless medical insurance scheme, said their efforts are to strengthen screening facilities provided at primary health centres and community health centres.
The “health for all” will be launched in September.


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