Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in Kerala. Among children, though many types of cancer are curable today, the treatment is often prolonged and expensive. The patients and their families therefore face a dilemma -- the painful choice of cost versus care. Several families abandon treatment mid way, which also contributes to the high mortality rate. As per the estimate of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, there are 800-850 new pediatric cancer patients every year.
The scheme is relief measures to endosulfan victims in the state. Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 2000/- is given to bedridden endosulfan victims and Rs. 1700/- to such bedridden endosulfan victims who are getting Rs. 300/- as disability pension. All other endosulfan victims are given Rs. 1000/- based on the list of endosulfan victims furnished by District Collector.
“Thalolam” intended to provide free treatment to children below the age of 18, who are suffering from Kidney diseases,Cardiovascular diseases,Cerebral Palsy,Brittle Bone Disease,Haemophilia,Thalassemia,Sickle Cell Anemia,Orthopaedic deformities and other Neuro- Developmental Disabilities,Congenital anomalies( Endosulphan victims) and accident cases which needs surgery.The scheme has come into effect from 01-01-2010 onwards.
This scheme provides financial assistance to Kidney patients belonging to B.P.L families who are undergoing dialysis at least once in a month. As per the statistics around 15,000 dialysis patients are undergoing treatment through different hospitals of Kerala and around 5000 patients are belongs to BPL category. Since the Government of Kerala has issued orders to implement the scheme as per G.O(M.S) No.08/2013/SJD dated: 28.01.13, we have receiving applications only from 2013 onwards.