Kerala Govt to charge for post-Covid treatment of children
Thiruvananthapuram: Children who are likely to be affected by Covid-19 in the possible third wave will not receive free post-Covid treatment. The decision to charge for the treatment of APL card holders may become a costly affair for the category of patients below 18 years too.
Through various schemes available at present, the entire treatment for those below 18 years is free without the differentiation of APL or BPL category. But, the order released by the Health Secretary states that the children undergoing post-Covid syndrome or Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome, that has been found in children experiencing critical Covid issues, have to pay for treatment at the same rate as others.
RBSK, Arogya Kiranam were the earlier schemes which provides free treatment for the children.
Under RBSK, treatment and surgeries for thirty health issues are free for children below 18. But, Covid has not been included in any such schemes now.
Govt may reconsider decision
Allegedly, the financial crunch of the state led the Department of Finance to direct the Health department to charge for post-Covid treatment of non BPL cardholders below 18 years. Reports also suggest that the Chief Minister and Health Minister were ignorant of this decision. The number of patients going through post-Covid syndrome has increased in the state and hence the government has asked to clear out the obscure provisions in the new order.