KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The government is all set to provide free treatment to rheumatic heart disease patients aged 15 to 75.
Announced amid a program organized on the occasion of 21st anniversary of Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre on Saturday, the free service will come into effect from February 12.
The service that includes free heart operation and medicines will be available from the Centre and Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre, Maharajgunj.
Talking to Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa said the service aims to provide easy access to free treatment for heart disease in the backdrop of increasing number of heart patients in the country lately due to rampant intake of diets and changed lifestyle.
He also informed that the service would be expanded to Nepalgunj and Pokhara this year as part of the expansion drive of the service outside Kathmandu valley.
Established in 2052 B.S. the Centre is running with financial aid from the government. The Centre that has a total of 200 beds has been providing free treatment for patients of heart disease below the age of 15 and above 75. RSS