CBS Cardiology Department Treats Children With Congenital Heart Defects – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

CUTTACK: The cardiology department at SCB Medical College and Hospital has given a ray of hope to poor parents of children with congenital heart defects. On Thursday, the department conducted device closure proceedings on five children from disadvantaged families in different parts of the state. About 10 children from as far away as Malkangiri and Kandhamal as well as Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Kendrapara districts were admitted to the department on Wednesday. They suffer from either an atrial septal defect (ASD) or a ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Unable to afford the money, their parents were unable to make the necessary diagnosis and treatment. Through the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) units operating at community health center level to screen for congenital heart defects and facilitate necessary treatment, they were detected and referred to SCBMCH.

A team of doctors led by department head Satya Narayan Routray successfully closed the defect or opening between the right and left sides of the heart on five of them in the first phase on Thursday under the supervision of Dr. Ajit Pilai from the Jawaharlal Institute. of Higher Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry.

“Of the five children, two each had ASD and VSD, while another had persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a persistent opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart,” Routray said, adding that efforts are underway to complete the procedure on the other five children within a day or two.

The device closure procedure would have cost nearly Rs 2 lakh if ​​done in a private hospital. However, it was done for free in SCB MCH under RBSK. The program was launched at SCB MCH in 2016. So far, up to 35 children with congenital heart defects have benefited from it over the past year and a half, said Director of RBSK, SCB MCH, Satya Narayan Tripathy.