Pooja will witness the vibrance of Diwali for the first time in her life
was suffering from Cataract since birth,she will soon leave the school for the visually impaired and join a normal school
National Child Health Program is returning smiles of many innocent people suffering from congenital diseases
The 13 year old Puja (name changed) will witness the vibrance of Diwali for the first time in her life with her own eyes. She was suffering from cataract since birth but she has recieved the invaluable gift of eyesight through the 'Chirayu' scheme under the National Child Health Program. Pooja, studying in Jeevan Jyoti school for the visually impaired in Batauli, Surguja, was unable to see since birth due to cataract and due to her family's poor financial condition, she was unable to get her medical treatment done. Her father got her admitted in the Jeevan Jyoti school for the visually impaired seeing her urge and dedication to attain education. As her eyesight is perfectly fine now, she will leave the this school and pursue education in a normal school and will witness this year's Diwali being illuminated with her own eyes for the first time.
Dr. Amin Firdausi, District Nodal Officer of National Child Health Program in Surguja informed that the team of Chirayu programme, Batauli Health Department examined Pooja's eyes in her school as a part of their medical check up camp and suggested her to undergo a surgery to restore her vision. Seeing a ray of hope in the life of his daughter, her father gladly consented to the operation. In the year-2018, Pooja's one eye was successfully operated in Raipur and in August this year her second eye was operated in Ambikapur. Due to timely investigation and operation, today Pooja is able to see everything with both her eyes.
It is worth mentioning that under the 'Chirayu programme', free of cost treatment of 44 types of diseases are being done for the children in Anganwadi's and schools.
National Child Health Program Deputy Director Dr. VR. Bhagat said that under the 'Chirayu' scheme run by the state government, all children up to 18 years of age enrolled in Anganwadi and studying in schools are provided free health check-ups regularly and are also provided all possible treatment by qualified medical teams. Under this programme, 44 types of diseases like low vision, hearing loss, vitamin deficiency, anemia, heart disease are identified and treated. He also informed that the children whose treatment is not possible at the local level, they are referred to higher health institutions for better treatment by 'Chirayu' teams and a total of 330 'Chirayu' teams are active in the state at present.