Chandigarh, November 8 - Under the Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakarm (RBSK), since April 2017, 815 children living in Haryana have been operated for congenital heart defects in the three private empanelled hospitals viz Jaipur based Narayana Hrudayalaya, Fortis Hospital Mohali and Gurugram based Artemis Hospital. Apart from this the State Government is further set to extend the list of health conditions to be covered under RBSK for which consultative meetings are being conducted with the technical experts.

Haryana Additional Chief Secretary-Health, Mr. Rajeev Arora, shared this at a function organized by Fortis Hospital along with National Health Mission (NHM), Health Department, Haryana for children operated at their hospitals. Mr. Rajiv Arora was the chief guest of the function. While, Ms Amneet P Kumar, Secretary Health Cum Mission Director, NHM, Haryana, Directors, State Programme Officers-NHM, Doctors/Faculties of Fortis Hospital, operated children and their family members were also present during the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that the State Government’s efforts of empanelment of new private hospitals, conducting special thematic camps IT enabled monitoring solution have also been realized in the data of the program.

Sharing the latest figures, Mr. Arora said, since April 2019 till September 2019, 1953 children were confirmed and 1187 have been managed for birth defects. Out of children with birth defects,984 children identified with heart defect and 547 managed for heart defects; 411 identified with club foot and 309 managed for club foot; 242 identified with cleft lip/palate and 155 managed for cleft; 97 identified with Neural tube defect (NTD) and 51 managed for NTD; 74 identified with Congenital Deafness and 35 managed for congenital deafness; 22 confirmed with Retinopathy of Prematurity and 11 managed for ROP rest are on followup; 34 identified with congenital cataract and 15 managed; 63 identified with Down syndrome and 49 on management.

Ms. Amneet P Kumar, Mission Director, NHM, Haryana, while speaking on the occasion said, the RBSK program intends to reach more than 40 lakh children of the state from birth to 18 years of age providing opportunity for early screening and management through multimodal identification in a lifecycle approach. She further shared that training of Medical officers and Staff nurses posted in Government Hospitals of Haryana where deliveries are conducted to identify and refer children with birth defects appropriately have been conducted in Haryana.

Ms Amneet P Kumar further informed that to expedite the surgeries of the identified children, 11 private hospitals are now on RBSK panel for free of cost surgeries. For the ease of the family members, 21 District Early Intervention Centres (DEICs) have been established in the premises of Civil Hospital in every districts of Haryana which is also working as a link between the family and the treating hospital. In this effort RBSK also worked on the capacity building of existing specialist doctors viz. Orthopedicians for managing club foot through ponseti method of correction and of Ophthalmologists for identifying the cases of Retinopathy of prematurity (RoP) which is one of the emerging blinding eye problem among newborns with premature and low birth weight deliveries, she added.

Meanwhile, the structure and coverage of the Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakarm (RBSK) program is so designed to cover the most common health conditions which are prevalent to the children and their consequences are reflected adversely in developmental parameters, poor scholastic performance and some are directly leading to lifelong disability if not intervened early.

More than 40 health conditions ranging from the very prevalent and easy to manage anaemia, Dental Health condition to very complex heart defects have been included under the broad categories of 4(Ds)Defects at Birth, Deficiencies, Diseases and Developmental Delays including Disability. More than 450 children have been operated at Fortis Mohali.