New Delhi: The city government will
launch its ambitious free health scheme next month under which
27 lakh school going children will be offered free medical
care, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Saturday.
Dikshit, while presenting the annual budget, had
announced the scheme for which an initial corpus of Rs 100
crore has been set aside.
"The scheme is being launched next month to to provide
quality health care to all school children," Dikshit said
while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a health camp
in Okhla in South Delhi.
The `Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana` to provide universal
and free health care to children up to 14 years of age was a
major highlight of Delhi government`s budget for 2011-12.
Dikshit said government has decided to provide
sanitary napkins to girls of class 6 to 12 in all government
and government-aided schools.
Meanwhile, Dikshit today launched another round of
Pulse Polio immunization programme by administering polio
drops to a number of children.
Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit said "for building a
strong nation, we must have strong children."
She said Delhi is considered a pioneer in "successful
implementation" of Pulse Polio programme and it would continue
to strive hard to completely eliminate polio from the city.
Delhi initiated Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme in
year 1994 and launched house to house `search immunization` in
the year 1999.
Dikshit said although the city has not reported a
single case of polio after January last year but the city
remains to be at risk due to the huge migration into the city
from other states.