GUWAHATI, Dec 16 - Dr P Ashok Babu, Mission Director (NHM), Department of Health and Family Welfare of Assam has been asked by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of India on the directions of the Prime Minister to take necessary steps for supplying immune suppressive medicines for kidney transplant patients of the State, who are below the poverty line under NRHM/NHM, a press release stated.
The Prime Minister�s response came on a petition by Niranjan Dutta, a poet and dramatist from Haribhanga village of Nalbari district, who is also such a patient. Dutta wrote the letter to the Prime Minister, on October, 14 last, giving details regarding the grievances of such patients of the State.
In his letter, Dutta mentioned that a kidney transplant patient needs medicines amounting to Rs 24,000 per month, which is impossible for BPL patients. He also mentioned that in the last seven months, the NHM of Assam has not supplied these medicines to the patients. It may be mentioned that Niranjan Dutta had his kidney transplanted on September 20, 2012 at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.
The kidney transplant patients are waiting with great expectations that the State NHM will take positive action after the letter from the Prime Minister�s office. On the other hand, the conscious people of greater Tihu area have appreciated Dutta�s praiseworthy work, done for the benefit of the kidney transplant patients of Assam.