14 more cochlear implant surgeries performed at DUHS

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences’ (DUHS) Pro-Vice Chancellor and In-charge Cochlear Implant Program, Prof Dr M Umer Farooq, said on Wednesday that 14 more cochlear implants surgeries were successfully performed at the university’s Ojha campus without any complications, becoming first public sector institution initiating such surgeries.

He shared this information during a press briefing and switching-on session of Cochlear Implant Surgeries at Dow Medical College. Prof M Iqbal Kiyani, Abdullah Feroz, Dr Najamul Haq and other senior faculty members were also present on this occasion.

Prof Umer Farooq said the university had started cochlear implant program for children suffering from hearing impairment since birth and successively performed cochlear implants surgeries of 14 more children recently. He cost of each operation was Rs 1.5 million, while other hand private hospitals charge 2.5million on per patient.

He said DUH’s Vice Chancellor Dr Masood Hameed Khan had granted Rs 10 million from the university’s fund, which will enable DUHS to run the cochlear implant program with the help of other philanthropists and NGOs.

He said speech therapy of 14 children has started in various institutions and these children will be able to speak between six months to two-year time period.

He said university is providing the gadget and the surgical option at extremely subsidized charges and this could also be absolutely free of cost for needy patients as funds for them could be arranged through zakat fund. “Being an expensive treatment, it is difficult to continue it without the support of the government and other organizations.”

He further said university had organized five-day Cochlear Implant Workshop for the first time in public sector institution. The workshop based on lectures and live demonstration of implant surgeries was aimed at educating and training postgraduates and junior practicing otologists regarding cochlear implant. During the workshop 14 cochlear implant surgeries were performed successfully.

He said 27 cochlear implants were performed after selection by standard international criteria of cochlear implant candidacy till date. The university has registered more than 200 candidates waiting for the implant surgeries.

He thanked Vice Chancellor DUHS and all the philanthropists for adding financial support to this project.

He appealed to the government, philanthropists and NGOs to step forward and donate generously towards this noble cause of helping the poor and economically weak families to adjust their child as normal and useful member of the society.

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