200-bed Pediatric Cardiology Center to be setup at SGPGI
Lucknow: According to the report of Prof Anita Saxena, Vice Chancellor of Pandit BD Sharma University , every year 2,40,000 children are born with heart disease in the country. 20 percent of these children survive and require heart surgery in a cardiology unit within the first year itself.
Many of them die due to lack of treatment. Most of the children who die are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken the initiative to help such children.
The state government will set up a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Cardiology unit at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Medical Institute (SGPGI) in Lucknow in collaboration with the Saloni Heart Foundation of America. Surgery of 5 thousand children and treatment of 10 thousand children will be done in this unit every year. The experts of the Foundation will visit the unit from time to time and also provide online advice.
It is known that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, the delegation that went to the United States to raise investment for the Global Investors Summit-2023 has signed an MoU with the Saloni Heart Foundation. Under this MoU, the foundation will set up a 200-bed Pediatric Cardiology Center at SGPGI at a cost of Rs 480 crore.
Additional Chief Secretary, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department, Arvind Kumar informed that a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Cardiology Unit will be set up at SGPGI. In the initial phase, the unit will be started with 30 beds, for which SGPGI director RK Dhiman has given approval.
According to Finance Minister Suresh Khanna, founder Mili Seth says that there is a lack of training infrastructure and expertise for such diseases in India. At the same time, doctors of Indian origin are handling the command of America’s top hospitals, who are ready to fill this gap in India by joining their campaign.