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Cleft lip and palate patients to Shija Hospital
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 22 Apr. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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Another batch of cleft lip and palate patients from Nagaland under cleft palate project, a joint venture being taken up by the Rotary Club Kohima, Imphal and Shija Hospital, Imphal, has left on April 21 while the remaining batch would be leaving the state for surgery at Shija Hospital, Imphal, on Wednesday. It was learned that six cleft lip palate patients is expected to leave Kohima to undergo correction surgery at Shija Hospital, Imphal. Speaking to media persons at Putuonuo Nursing Home, Kohima, on April 21, Chairman and Managing Director (MD) of Shija Hospital, Dr. Kh. Palin, said that so far the cleft palate project was very successful and already more than 40 persons had gone for correctional surgery for the cleft lip and palate. The MD of the hospital also said that there could be about 4000 patients with cleft lip and palate in Nagaland and further thanked the Rotary Club Kohima and Putuonuo Nursing Home, Kohima, for all the help and also appealed to all the patients to come forward to avail the opportunity provided at the Shija Hospital, Imphal, under Smile Train Project Agency. He further said that the patients would be transported to Imphal and brought back free of cost and the treatment cost would be borne by the Smile Train Project Agency. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club Kohima has appealed to all social workers, NGOs, media and the public in general to spread the news and help the unfortunate cleft patients to live normally and further asked to contact the Club or Rotarian Dr. Keditsü over mobile number-9436001870 for the free treatment. Also interacting with the media, Dr. Palin, said that Shija Hospital, Imphal, was running and operating daily, despite ‘ban’ imposed on private hospitals by particular ‘underground outfit’ in Imphal area , Manipur, since last one week. He said that the ‘underground outfit’ had imposed ‘ban’ on private hospitals while also alleging that they (private hospitals) employ government doctors for which they charges of medical and treatment were exorbitant. When asked about the response of Manipur government on the imposition of the ‘ban’, Dr. Palin responded that the government was only concentrating on the elections. Mention may be made that Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat goes to polls on April 22, while the Outer Manipur seat went to poll on April 16. We are 100 % private, says Dr. Kh. Palin Talking to media person Tuesday at Putuonuo Nursing Home, Kohima, Dr. Kh. Palin said that Shija Hospital Imphal has 480 full time staff and no one is employed with any government department and quoted “We are 100 % private”. Stating that the vision of the hospital was to become a premier health care in South East Asia, Dr. Palin said the hospital adopted three approaches – holistic approach, technical approach and human approach, so as to provide better health delivery system to the people and also ‘save a precious’ human lives. CMD of Shija Hospital, Imphal, also revealed that on April 16, the hospital installed a new equipment- Doppler Guided Haemamhaidal Artery Ligatar (DGHAL), for treatment of piles, the first to be installed in the entire eastern region of India.

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