Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that as per his promise to help cancer, kidney, heart and liver transplant patients who are stuck outside the state due to the national lockdown amid COVID-19 lockdown, the government has so far given Rs 25,000 each to 213 families.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati on Monday, he said the state identified 913 families after eliminating repeated calls. Of these, 213 were verified, and financial assistance transferred to them.

Meanwhile, the verification process for 700 families is underway, and in the next 48 hours, the state plans on completing the process of transferring the financial help.

Earlier, the minister had launched helpline number 0361-2558955 for people who had gone outside the state for medical treatment and got stuck due to the lockdown. People can call on the helpline and provide their details like name, hospital details, and an alternative number from Assam for cross verification.

When the operators take the call, they can then WhatsApp their bank account details and IFSC or a photo of the front page of their passbook to 6901281862.

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