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Free surgery for kids with deformities

Imphal, June 6: Parents of children with deformities have reason to smile now with the Shija Hospitals and Research Institute here starting corrective surgeries under the Centre’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

The hospital has carried out five surgeries since April this year and five more are in the line. This is the first time that the scheme is being implemented in Manipur. The SSA authorities have tied up with Shija Hospitals to provide free surgery to patients with deformities in the state.

Kh. Palin, managing director of the hospital, and Ng. Bhogendra Meitei, additional state project director, SSA State Mission Authority, today announced the start of the free surgery to pave the way for such children to get enrolment in schools.

Under the scheme, the mission authority will bear the expenses for the surgeries. Palin announced that his hospital would give a 20 per cent discount for such surgeries.

Bhogendra said the Union human resource ministry had provided Rs 34 lakh last year and sanctioned Rs 18 lakh this year. The present surgeries were sanctioned last year. Surgery is performed on patients with 10 types of deformities of neck, ear, eyes, leg.

Today 10 more patients turned up for admission in the out patient department of Shija Hospitals as the first step for corrective surgeries.

The patients include K. Charkani, 7, a class IV student in a government school in Senapati district,whose face was completely distorted after she got burnt when she was five months old.

“I am very happy that the authorities will correct my granddaughter’s face free of cost. She is ridiculed in school by other children and is, therefore, reluctant to go to school. She often cries when ridiculed,” the girls’s grandfather S. Kaikho told The Telegraph.

Palin said there were about 8,000 children with deformities in Manipur and many of them did not to go school because of their physical conditions.

Bhogendra said the objective of the free surgery was to get all children enrolled in schools.

He said the mission sends out special teachers, who are experts in the field, to identify such children in the age group of six to 18 years for corrective surgeries. However, the mission authorities clear operations, which cost up to Rs 60,000, he added.

Bina Devi, the mother of another patient with eye deformities, said her daughter refused to go to school because of her condition. She was happy that if her daughter’s eyes were corrected, she would go to school.


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