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Health scheme for children

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 19 � Assam Government is all set to launch an ambitious health scheme for children with hole in their heart, a disease which is believed to have affected a sizeable number of children in the State.

The scheme, expected to be announced in a day or two, would also encompass other child health complications like malnutrition, prevalent among children mostly from poverty-stricken areas.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today told newsmen that cleft surgery of a good number of children could not be performed after medical team detected hole in their hearts during the screening of children under the Operation Smile mission.

�We came to know about several commonly found health complications among the children during the screening under Operation Smile and we would be soon focusing on that,� Sarma pointed out, adding reducing child mortality is a priority for the State health sector.

�We have decided to launch the scheme and preliminary nitty-gritty of the scheme would be cleared in the next couple of days,� Sarma added.

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