Punjab

Blood cancer affected son admitted to Delhi hospital,Dalit woman seeks government aid under free treatment scheme for students

Raghbir Singh Brar | February 22, 2021 07:27 PM
Daljeet Kaur at government senior secondary school Kotkapura,Faridkot.

Daljeet Kaur,a widow claims her son passed class 9 in March and fell ill of blood cancer.

"The school has struck his name for continuous absence as phone calls remained unanswered," Sunita, class in Charge..

“14 years old younger brother had to drop school to do labour after his ailment,” Daljeet said.

“I shall look into the matter,” Satpal DEO Secondary Faridkot.

 Faridkot: Leaving behind his 18 years old, who is admitted to a hospital in Delhi for the treatment of blood cancer, 35 years old Daljeet Kaur is running from pillar to post to get some financial help for his treatment. She wants to avail some financial help from the government meant for government school students, but technical problems and her illiteracy are blocking her that way as well.

Kaur, a widow, is a resident of Jaitu Chungi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh college road of Kotkapura town and works as domestic help in some households.

She said that she knew little about the scheme and Corovavirus doubled her problems as the school was closed.

The teachers claim that they sympathize with her and have donated her for her son’s treatment out of their pockets.

“My son had appeared in the class 9th examination in Hari Singh Sevak government senior secondary school Kotkapura March last and passed. But then he fell ill and was diagnosed to be suffering from blood cancer. We first got him admitted to GGS Medical College Faridkot, from where he was referred to PGI Chandigarh where he could not get admitted and we took him to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi,” claimed Daljeet Kaur.

 “His father had died in 2008 spraying insecticide which led to poisoning. I have three children, Dev, 18(suffering from blood cancer), a14 years old son, and a 12 years old daughter. The middle son who is also a minor began to do labour work to cater to our daily needs since he fell ill,” she said.

“It has been 10 months since the boy has fallen sick,” she says.

 “We have so far spent about Rs 2 lakh which was donated by many people, social organizations or we collected ourselves. But now I want to avail  the help which is given to the government school students by the government. But so far, I have got nothing though I have visited the school three-four times earlier. Now Dev is alone in Delhi while I have come back to collect some money,” she says.

But as the boy continued keeping himself absent from school since the examinations, his name from the school record has been struck out in January end.

“I had made telephonic calls to all students who were absent, but this boy did not respond. So as we had instructions from the above to strike out the names who even failed to turn up in January, their names had to be struck as pre-board examinations have also been conducted and finals are approaching,” said Sunita, her teacher.

But the woman claimed that she had told the teachers about his ailment and there was also a problem of closure of schools due to coronavirus, which the teacher denied.

“Now the case would have to be decided by the principal and we shall do as per his instructions to help her,” the class in charge said.

The principal was on leave on Monday.

When contacted, Satpal,DEO, Secondary Faridkot said,” I shall look into the matter and speak to the Principal and others concerned. We shall try our best to help the family as per the rules of the government. I shall see if he can be admitted to the class on medical grounds.

Prem Chawala,state vice secretary of government teachers union Punjab said that the government provides free treatment to all the students suffering from many diseases in government hospitals.The free treatment is possible upto PGI Chandigarh.

 

“The parents or student may simply write an application to the school authorities where he is enrolled and then his case is forwarded to the concerned hospitals, where the treatment is possible,” Chawala said.

 

"The department should do all the efforts to save a precious life by removing technical glitches," said Chawla.

 
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