In an effort to make Manipur one of the medical tourism hubs in India, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) Pvt Ltd has successfully treated 12 children from Mizoram who have congenital heart defects through non-operation.
Addressing the press at the premises of the institute in Langol on Wednesday, chairman-cum-managing director of SHRI, Dr Khundongbam Palin said that Shija Hospitals had recently conducted a camp on device closure for congenital heart defects (CHD) from December 2-3.
During the camp, the cardiac team of the institute had treated 14 children with device closures, balloon pulmonary valvotomy, and wire removal. All these children were treated under Rastriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), he said.
He informed that 12 are from Mizoram and two from Manipur and the patients from Mizoram were screened during the one-day "Free Heart Disease Screening Camp" held at DEIC Kulikawn, Aizawl on November 15, 2022.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between SHRI and RBSK, National Health Mission, Mizoram, on November 14, 2022, he said while informing that, including these 14 children treated, SHIJA has successfully conducted as many as 177 non-operative device closures of hole in heart so far. Out of it, 149 are from Manipur, 12 from Mizoram and 16 from Nagaland, Dr. Palin said.
Besides this, the institute had successfully completed 165 angioplasty procedures and 27 open heart surgeries, Dr. Palin said, adding that earlier, people of the state used to go outside the state for heart treatment, spending huge amounts of money and facing a lot of inconveniences. However, with the advent of these various methods of heart treatment in the institute, people need not to go beyond the state for heart ailment, he added.
It may be mentioned that RBSK is a National Rural Health Mission program that aims at early identification and intervention for children from birth to 18 years who are diagnosed with Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs), surgical treatment of Cleft lip and Cleft palate, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), Congenital Cataract, Congenital Deafness, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Otitis Media, Dental Caries and Vision Impairment.
The press meet was also attended by medical services, SHRI, Dr Jugindra Sorokhaibam; consultant cardiologist of SHRI, Dr Sumidra Laishram and consultant cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr Sidartha Lukram.