7440 children have been treated so far this year under the ‘Chirayu Yojana’
Raipur: Nearly, 7440 children have been treated in the state in the current financial year 2021-22 under the ‘Chirayu Yojana’ being run as a part of the National Child Health Programme. Under the scheme, free-of-cost treatment is provided to the children in need after examining children from zero to 18 years age group. For the care of child health, 328 Chirayu teams are working across the state.
The National Child Health Program has been running in the state since 2014. Its objective is to provide early treatment by checking 4-D i.e. Defect at birth, Disease, Deficiency & Development delays including disability in children from zero to 18 years of age. Under this, 44 types of diseases are diagnosed and treated in children. Referrals are also made to higher institutions if needed.
State Nodal Officer of National Child Health Program Dr. V.R. Bhagat informed that two Chirayu teams have been formed in each development block of the state. Each team consists of two AYUSH doctors (one female and one male), one pharmacist, one lab technician and one ANM. At present, 328 teams are working across the state. He said that 44 types of diseases have been divided into four groups under the programme.