Continuing with its outreach initiatives, SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (SMVDNSH), Kakryal, performed successful Cochlear Implant Surgeries on 03 congenitally deaf children. A Cochlear Implant is a small, complex electronic device that helps provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. This unique surgery is performed only in a few selected Hospitals in the country.
Despite the advantage of transforming the lives of children who are not able to hear and speak from their birth, most of the children suffering from such a disability, are not able to undergo surgery due to lack of awareness and on account of the fact that the procedure costs about Rs. 7-8 lakh. The 3 children – Ayan Rashid, Rutba Tabassum & Daneshwar Singh – belong to economically weak households and their parents had lost all hopes, as they were not able to afford this procedure due to its very high cost.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has provided the implants free of cost and also provided free rehabilitation treatment to these 3 children under its Arogaya Yojna. The surgeries were performed by the Hospital’s surgical team led by Padmashree Dr. J.M. Hans (Delhi) and Dr. Rohan Gupta, Consultant ENT in the Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal.
“The surgery was carried out successfully, free from any complications and the children were discharged on the fifth post-op day”, informed Dr. Rohan Gupta.
Dr. Hans appreciated the infrastructure and services which are being provided by SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital to the patients coming from the remote and distant locations and praised the philanthropic initiatives being taken by the Shrine Board. He congratulated Dr. Rohan Gupta and his team for their efforts and encouraged them to continue their initiatives to timely screen and treat children and help them to realize that deafness is ‘no more a disability’.
Dr. (Brig) Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer of the Hospital, stated that “on the directions of the Hon’ble Chairman, SMVDSB, Hon’ble Governor, J&K, the Shrine Board has been engaged in assisting the poor and weak sections of the society and the Hospital is committed to providing high quality healthcare services to the society at large”.
Earlier, in order to spread awareness amongst the people, particularly amongst the parents of such children who have deficiency in hearing, an orientation programme was organized by Dr. Rohan Gupta at SMVDNSH, Kakryal. He briefed them about the procedure as well as the ways in which parents could timely assess if their children are suffering from this deficiency. This orientation programme was also attended by Dr. (Brig) Man Mohan Harjai (Chief Administrative Officer-SMVDNSH) & Cdr. Navneet Bali (Director- Northern Region, Narayana Health) along with other senior functionaries and staff of SMVDNSH.