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Friday, 3 June 2016

Soon, AIIMS to launch 'adopt a patient' policy

NEW DELHI: Fifty-year-old Dayawati was brought to AIIMS last month with severe cervical spine injury. Surgery saved her and she can go home. But she remains in hospital because the family doesn't have money for a portable ventilator.Now, there's hope for Dayawati and hundreds of patients like her who wait endlessly at AIIMS for surgery or discharge because they don't have money to buy equipment needed for rehabilitation at home. 
India's premier hospital, visited by 8,000 to 10,000 patients daily, has decided to seek public donations for such patients under an `adopt a patient' policy. The adoption scheme, officials said, will fill the gap between demand and supply in donations for AIIMS patients. "We admit about two lakh patients every year at AIIMS.Of this, 30%-40% are poor who cannot even pay for implants. In case of spinal injury , there have been cases where the families abandoned patients because they did not have the means to continue treatment or rehabilitate the patient at home. Such people will benefit from the policy," Dr Deepak Agrawal, who heads the IT division at AIIMS, told TOI . The donation policy will be officially launched by AIIMS director M C Misra on Saturday. But officials said they have received Rs 14,000 from two individuals within 24 hours of the trial process, which started on Wednesday. 

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