Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the Heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Approximately 9 children in 1000 are born with a congenital Heart defect. The cost of treatment is very high. Government of Assam has initiated a scheme for free treatment of children with congenital heart defects in Narayana Hrudyalaya Hospital Bengaluru and Kolkata. According to the scheme, the Government bears to and fro air-fare between Assam and Bengaluru/Kolkata for the patient and a guardian, all Medical expenses incurred at
Narayana Hrudayalaya Bengaluru and Kolkata and food and lodging expenses during treatment for the patient and a guardian. It is a Govt. of Assam sponsored scheme. The scheme is effective from 1st July 2010. Guardian should be permanent residence of Assam and Annual Income should not exceed Rs. 6.00 lakhs per Anum. The children between age group of 0-14 years are eligible for the scheme.