Patna: March 22, 2011
As part of its Bihar Divas celebrations, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will launch a mega health scheme targeted at the 3.4 crore children in the state, officials said. Under the 'Nayee Peedhi Swasthya Guarantee Karyakram' (New Generation Health Guarantee Programme), children up to 14 years of age and adolescent girls will be provided a health card for their medical check-up and treatment free of cost at government hospitals. "This mega health scheme will check malnutrition, anaemia and childhood reproductive problems," Principal Health Secretary Amarjit Sinha said. The government planned to distribute health cards by Oct 2 this year, he added. However, he admitted that reaching out to all the children was a challenging task.
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