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Demonetisation effect: Ranchi Hospital treats for free

"I have even put up notices in nearby areas that Dr. Chandan Kumar and Vinayka Hospital will provide everything free from patients' treatment, operation, surgery, ICU, anything. Be it medicines, tests, ECG and X-ray, we are doing it free of cost.”

There have been number of reports as how ordinary people are facing problems in their day to day life since PM Modi’s announcement of demonetisation. Several reports of deaths of patients have also been registered, as some hospitals refused to admit patients who were carrying scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Against the backdrop of this chaos, a private hospital in Ranchi is treating patients for free as the country grapples with a cash crunch.

According to media agencies, the Vinayka Hospital and Research Centre in Ranchi , acknowledging the difficulty of the situation announced free treatment for all patients from November 10-13. Chief Medical Officer of the hospital Dr. Chandan Kumar Yadav, says saving lives is a priority and and the vital thing is lives, not money.

Yadav said, “This will go on till November 13, till the country’s economy normalizes a little and till people do not get Rs. 2,000 or Rs. 4,000. I have even put up notices in nearby areas that Dr. Chandan Kumar and Vinayka Hospital will provide everything free from patients’ treatment, operation, surgery, ICU, anything. Be it medicines, tests, ECG and X-ray, we are doing it free of cost.”

The government’s demonetisation move has put people in misery. With the 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes no longer valid, people have been thronging in front of ATMs and banks to withdraw new notes or exchange the old ones.

Adding to these hurdles a limit of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 4,000 on withdrawal and exchange of money respectively, people are struggling to cope with their expenses. The Uttar Pradesh government has demanded that the private nursing homes, hospitals and medicine shops be allowed to accept existing notes of 500 and 1,000 denomination till November 30 in the larger interest of people.

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