Mangaluru: Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader held a press meet at the Circuit House here, on January 5.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Khader said, “The much awaited ‘Danta Bhagya’ scheme will commence from January 8. The scheme will get help from volunteers who will visit every house and identify elderly people who need dentures. volunteers will take the identified persons to the hospital for the application of dentures, after which the particular hospital will be allotted to the person for the next sitting. Volunteers will be given a remuneration of Rs 100 for enrolling per beneficiary.”
“You may not find the problem with dentures in Dakshina Kannada district as there are many well known dental colleges here. But you will find that many people in rural areas will benefit from this scheme,” he said. Khader also said that many people in the state are weak as they are unable to chew food and are forced to have a diet suitable for their state, but with the help of dentures they can chew nutritious food and regain proper health.
Khader further said that the State Government will introduce a new scheme called ‘Accident Insurance’ scheme on January 8, at the banquet hall of Vidhana Soudha. “This is the first time in the whole of Asia that such a scheme is being introduced. Under this scheme a accident victim could get admitted to any nearby hospital. The state government will take care of medical expenses up to Rs 25000 within the first 48 hours of the accident.”
Usually when an accident takes place, passersby avoid helping out any person in need fearing either the legal process or the fear of being forced to take care of the initial medical expenses. “This scheme applies to all the citizens of the country and is not limited only to the citizens of Karnataka. To ensure success of this scheme, we have not tied up with any of the medical insurance companies and all the funds will be allotted from state government itself,” he added.
Speaking on the other developments from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Khader said, “All the newborn babies will be examined for any ear defects soon after their birth and also blood samples will be collected to identify 5 genetic defects. I was also supposed to inaugurate the generic drug centers but due to restrictions of the EC code of conduct, I could not do so. Generic drugs are however being issued unofficially at the government centers.”
Speaking about the recent terror attacks, Khader said, “When there were 26/11 attacks, the opposition said that Pakistan is attacking us but our Prime Minister is simply writing love letters to them. But what is happening right now? Sushma Swaraj and Narendra Modi are openly visiting Pakistan, what are we supposed to understand from this action? Pakistan has not given a proper statement even now, they are just saying that suitable action will be taken. Is it not the duty of our PM and the central government to tell us what action will be taken?”