Orange City Hospital & Research Institute has been undertaking regular Cochlear Implant surgeries to benefit needy deaf children. Freedom from Deafness movement launched by OCHRI under aegis of Project Geeta has even got endorsements from TATA Trust and Hon’ble CM Office who are funding the surgeries to benefit needy children.

Recently a sensitization workshop for teachers based in peripheries was organized by acclaimed Audiologist and Speech Therapist Smt. Mithila Poonacha from Bangalore. Smt. Mithila Poonacha is a dual degree holder of Audiology and Speech Therapy. Dr.Ashish Disawal, ENT Surgeon & Audiologist- OCHRI organized this unique convention for the benefit of selected teachers attached to Sarvaa Shiksha Abhiyaan movement in Vidarbha and expressed that these trained teachers will be able to help TEAM OCHRI create a network in Vidarbha to search needy children who can be operated on time and also help them with post operative therapy rendition.

Dr.Usha Nair, Director- Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited conveyed the mission undertaken by Shri.Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman- NAIRSONS to timely reach out to all needy deaf children especially in Vidarbha and thanked Smt.Mithila for supporting OCHRI’s Freedom from Deafness movement. Dr.Anup Marar, Director- OCHRI highlighted the exemplary milestones achieved till date by OCHRI Cochlear Implant team led by Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar. Dr.Sameer Choudhary, Secretary- Association of Otolaryngologists- Nagpur commended the efforts of TEAM OCHRI for undertaking this noble venture and sought assistance of all Pediatricians, ENT Surgeons, Audiologists, teachers and social workers to reach out to needy children. It is highlighted that new borns will be screened @ Rs.150/- for basic hearing assessment with an advance portable machine by Dr.Ashish Disawal between 3-5 PM on all working days at OCHRI OPD. The convention resolved that all newborns children should be compulsorily screened for hearing assessment before they are discharged from any maternity home/ hospital. AOL- Nagpur will also be corresponding with NOGS/FOGSI/IAP to sensitize their members about this urgent need. Smt. Mithila Poonacha appreciated the sincerity and dedication of CIP TEAM-OCHRI led by Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar and Dr.Ashish Disawal for pursuing this novel undertaking. Smt.Shradha Disawal assisted Dr.Ashish Disawal in organizing this 2 day convention. Prominently present on this occasion were Dr.Rajesh Atal, Dr.Kuldeep Sukhadeve and Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar. M/s Advance Bionics backed this program. Shri.Ganesh Iyer coordinated the itinerary.