TATA TRUST TO SUPPORT OCHRI’s Freedom from Deafness movement- GEETA


Needy deaf children requiring Cochlear Implant Surgery may approach OCHRI for subsidized surgery      

TATA TRUST TO SUPPORT OCHRI’s Freedom from Deafness movement- GEETA

OCHRI thanks CM & Shri. Ratan Tata

Nagpur based Orange City Hospital & Research Institute caters to a vast section of Central India populace and has made a distinct mark as the Trusted Tertiary Medicare Center of Central India. OCHRI ENT Department reached their zenith of glory by commencing regular cochlear implant surgeries. A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The surgeries of 5 needy children are being undertaken at OCHRI by team of ENT Surgeons namely Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar, Dr.Sameer Choudhary and Dr.Ajay Deshpande led by Mentor & Chief Surgeon Padma Shree Dr. Milind V. Kirtane, Mumbai.

Hearing loss is the third leading chronic disability following arthritis and hypertension. 9 out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear. Cochlear implants may help provide hearing in patients who are deaf because of damage to sensory hair cells in their cochleas.

OCHRI’s “Freedom from Deafness” movement has been commenced under aegis of “Project Geeta”. Smt.Geeta, only sister of Shri.Udaybhaskar Nair, Chairman, OCHRI is congenitally hearing impaired. Thus he is aware of the problems faced by hearing impaired individuals hence wants to make all efforts to abolish congenital deafness from Vidarbha. On initiating the project under name of “Geeta”; he said Geeta is a sacred name for Hindus as the Hindu scripture- The Bhagwad Geeta’s calls for selfless action. Later he read about Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian girl stranded in Pakistan for 13 years who recently got reunited with the family. Hence Shri.Nair felt that OCHRI’s “Freedom from Deafness movement” should be launched under the name and insignia of Geeta.

Although OCHRI have state of art infrastructural readiness and competent hands to perform said surgery on regular basis; the exorbitant cost of said implant was becoming a deterrent. Looking into the efforts of OCHRI to bring Nagpur into Cochlear Implant Surgery map; Hon’ble Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister requested Shri.Rajan Tata to provide financial assistance to poor and needy deaf children of Vidarbha for CI surgeries at OCHRI. Accordingly, Shri.Omprakash Shete, Office of Chief Minister Relief Fund coordinated with Dr.Anup Marar, Director-OCHRI and Shri. Kumar Chaitanya, Head, Individual Grants- TATA TRUST and history was created when TATA TRUST formally signed an MOU with Orange City Hospital & Research Institute wherein grant of Rs. 5 lac per child has been approved by TATA Trusts. This grant is applicable for 5 poor and needy children per month. Likewise Chief Minister’s Office has also assured endowment of Rs. 1-2 lacs per child from CM relief fund. Such grant for health care by TATA TRUST is first time in these parts of Vidarbha.

After inspecting the infrastructure and interacting with all concerned; the MOU was formally signed by Shri. Kumar Chaitanya, Head, Individual Grants- TATA TRUST and Dr.Usha Nair, Director, Ravi Nair Hospitals Private Limited in presence of Dr.Anup Marar, Director- OCHRI, Dr.Vidya Nair, Director- RNHPL and Dr.Nandu Kolwadkar, Convener, OCHRI Cochlear Implant Surgery and Smt.Kumudini Todankar, Assistant Manager, Individual Grants-TATA Trusts. Prominently present on this occasion were Dr.Sameer Choudhary, Dr.Ajay Deshpande, Dr.Ashish Disawal, Shri.Simha Chalam, Dr.Deepak Dongre, Smt.Manjiri Damle, Smt.Saramma Samuel, Shri.Ganesh Iyer & Shri.Rajan Thakur.

The gathering also requested all statutory health authorities and doctors to ensure that Hearing screening assessment compulsory for all new borns at all maternity homes/ hospitals before they are discharged. This will help the government and OCHRI in screening out affected children and render timely assistance to them as it would be ideal to perform surgery before 18 months of age.

The 2nd set of 6 Cochlear implant Surgeries is scheduled on 13th March 2016 at OCHRI. Kindly note only genuinely financially deficient patients in need of Cochlear Implant surgery will be provided the benefit of this grant. For details and assistance, parents of needy deaf children requiring Cochlear Implant Surgery can approach Smt.Manjiri Damle or Smt.Saramma Samuel, OCHRI Cochlear Implant Cell during working hours.