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2005 quake victim girl undergoes cochlear implant surgery at Quaid-e-Azam Hospital.

ISLAMABAD -- A ten-year old girl, who had lost her hearing ability because of 2005 earthquake, Saturday underwent cochlear implant surgery at Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital, Rawalpindi.

Renowned surgeon Dr Atif Ikram and his team performed the surgery for implanting artificial ear to the patient in three hours.

Chief Executive Officer of Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital Dr Shaukat Mehmood Bangash, former Surgeon General of Pakistan Army Maj Gen (retd) Dr Karamat and others watched the operation on TV screen.

Later talking to the media, Dr Shaukat said it was the first cochlear implant surgery carried out at Quaid-i-Azam International Hospital.

He said the surgery was part of the hospital's programme to restore hearing and speaking capabilities of children having such disabilities.

He said in the surgery an instrument is installed inside the patient's ear as per World Health Organisation's standards which helps him/her hear and speak.

It may be added that the cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.

The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin.

A cochlear implant surgery costs Rs 3.5 million to Rs 4 million.

Meanwhile, the hospital's department of diabetes organised a seminar in connection with the World Diabetes Day.

Addressing the seminar, Dr Bangash said the sugar diseases are spreading fast in the country. The Quaid-i-Azam Hospital, he said, plans to start a campaign to create awareness among the people about the casues of the diabetes and preventive measures.

He said the hospital was already attaching insulin pupms with the patients and it was working on a plan to provide the same to poor patients free of charge. In this regard, he urged the federal government to reduce taxes on the import of insulin pumps.

He said 10-year Arej Sajjad had recently been attached such pump. The device helps the patients to check sugar level and keep it in control, he added.

Various phrmaceutical companies set up their stalls at the venue showcasing their products, including medicines, insulin and testing machines etc.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 15, 2015
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