The Andhra Pradesh Government had recently launched the Arogyasri programme in which, the poor get access to high end medical care which otherwise would not have been accessible to them because of the costs involved.
Mallika, was diagnosed in the health centre to have a Congenital Heart Disease - most likely a Patent Ductus Arteriosus in early February this year. She was referred to SVIMS, Tirupati, under this schme. The the ECHO Cardiography confirmed the diagnosis and by the 20th of Feb she was operated and discharged by the end of the month - ALL DONE FREE OF CHARGE.
Mallika is now doing well and is quite health post operatively.
Such programmes, if they function well can do a lot of good for the poor,who are as it is hamstrung by the lackof financial resources. May the Arogyasri continue doing good work.