Plastic surgery at 1 Rupee!
Plastic surgery at 1 Rupee! Plastic surgery at Re 1 sounds like a farfetched dream but it is true. The reconstructive surgery, which costs lakh of rupees, will now be offered at Re 1 for the disabled living in slums of the twin cities.
City hospital to cover 1000 disabled poor patients, initially
Plastic surgery at Re 1 sounds like a farfetched dream but it is true. The reconstructive surgery, which costs lakh of rupees, will now be offered at Re 1 for the disabled living in slums of the twin cities.
City based Aakar Asha Hospital would be launching the ‘One Rupee Reconstruction Campaign’ on July 13. It intends to cover 1,000 disabled persons in the next six months. The only thing that the patient has to do is to pay a token fee of Re 1 for the surgery.
The fee covers consultation, blood tests and reconstructive surgery. Donors would take care of cost of major and super major surgeries while Aakar Asha Trust would take care of 75 per cent of expenses incurred during hospitalisation.
Dr Bharatendu Swain, well known reconstructive surgeon and director of the hospital, said the first camp would be organised on July 13. Patients from Kukatpally, Chandanagar, Ramchandra Puram and nearby places would be screened in the first phase.
“The poor with deformities and disabilities can use the opportunity to improve their quality of life,” says Dr Swain.
There are large of number of people with deformities and disabilities in the country. The World Bank report puts the figure between 50 and 80 million of which 49 per cent are physically disabled. As per the 2001 census estimates, there are about 4.5 lakh physically disabled in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Experts are confident that 70 per cent of patients could be restored to near normality by appropriate surgical interventions and applications.
Dr Swain said the hospital would organise between 12 and 15 camps in different parts of the twin cities to cover those living in slums and low income localities.
The Aakar Asha Trust, which was started in 2004, has so far carried out screening of more 1,500 disabled patients and conducted 850 reconstructive surgeries free of cost across Andhra Pradesh. The surgeries cover polio or amputation, burns, paralysis and birth deformities.