Country’s first Cochlear surgery takes place in state’s government hospital

Bhopal. Seth Govinddas Hospital of Jabalpur has become the India’s first Government District Hospital to conduct the first cochlear implant surgery. A team comprising ENT Specialist Dr. Rumita Acharya, Child Specialist Dr. Himanshu Acharya, Anaesthicist Dr. Rajesh Mishra, Dr. Nitin Adgaonkar and Dr. Vishal Mehra led by Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. Murli Agrawal successfully operated six-year-old Saif Raza, hearing-impaired by birth. Health Director, Administration, Bhopal was also present during the operation.

Cochlear surgeries of children who are deaf and dumb by birth are performed free-of-cost in government-recognized private hospitals under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). Government bears the expense of Rs 6 lakh 50 thousand of cochlear implant surgery under Mukhya Mantri Bal Shravan Yojana. Thousands of children of the state are being benefitted under the scheme and moving ahead. The state RBSK team along with the Health Department has a significant contribution in making today’s surgery successful.