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VHP free private medicare for poor

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“Every poor person” in Nalgonda can now avail private health services free of cost starting 8 a.m. Monday by registering themselves on India Health Line (IHL), a socio-medical national call centre run by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

“Every poor person will be given private health service free of cost,” VHP international working president Pravin Togadia told the media here on Sunday. The only criteria, “We ask for the name and political status. We don’t ask anything else,” he clarified.

Dr. Togadia spoke to media after a closed-door session to launch the IHL services for Nalgonda with 25 private doctors from the town. This is a second such facility in Telangana, after the first one at Hyderabad was launched two years ago.

High cost

“A country of healthy people has now become diseased, and Rs. 14 lakh crore is being spent to cure illnesses,” he noted.

Adding, that the present lifestyle was the reason for diseases, the organization would also take up lifestyle education to make India healthy, happy and disease-free. The initiative will conduct free blood pressure, blood sugar, haemoglobin and fat screening tests.

Screening

On being asked how the poor would be defined for the purpose, the Ahmedabad-based doctor replied that a vast network was in place to verify the “genuine and poor” prospective patients for IHL.

In the first phase a supervisor appointed for the district would direct enquiries of the patients to be considered “based on various details”. In the second phase, village camps would be organized for the poor, a doctor informed on condition of anonymity.

The IHL call centre remains closed on Sundays. Registrations can be done on 18602 333 666 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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