Man in BSKY advert reiterates he was denied free medical treatment

Bhubaneswar: The man who alleged that he was denied free treatment despite being featured in Odisha government’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) advertisement, today reiterated that he did not receive free treatment under the universal health coverage of the State government.

According to sources, Lakshman Kumar who hails from Bhel village in Nuapada district is currently admitted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar. However, he reiterated that he was denied free treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

“I went to SCB medical three times for treatment but was returned every time by the hospital officials. The third time, they didn’t even consider to do the check-up while saying that there are no beds,” said Lakshman Kumar, who is a heart patient.

When asked whether he was provided with monetary support and food under the scheme, he said “Nothing was provided to me.”

Meanwhile, BJP State vice-president Samir Mohanty and party leader Aparajita Sarangi met Lakshman Kumar today.

Mohanty said “The patient in fact visited SCB medical and was returned. The government has only used him for the publicity campaign. His photo has been pasted in the BSKY advertisement but in reality he has not been provided free treatment.”

BJD spokesperson Arun Sahoo, on the other hand, alleged that BJP is doing politics on the issue.

“The patient is being misguided so that he can be taken to New Delhi AIIMS. Our records show that Nuapada district headquarters hospital had referred him to SCB to provide treatment under Odisha State Treatment Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund free of cost. I urge BJP leaders not to indulge in cheap politics over a patient’s life,” Sahoo alleged.