Srinagar: The JK Voluntary Medicare Society or VMS on Saturday formally launched the State Bank of India (SBI) aided Rs 2.36 Crore Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for speech and hearing impaired persons at an impressive ceremony held here on Saturday.
Braving rains a large number of people participated in the function. Experts and Subject Matter Specialists examined 261 patients subjecting them to various tests including Pure Tone Audiometry, Impedence, BERA.
A total of 150 hearing aids of different kinds were distributed among the poor patients who could not afford the costly hearing aids. The doctors picked up two children suffering from nerve deficit with the history of being indifferent to the surroundings and delayed response to calls. The docs suggested them appropriate treatment regimen which is expected to improve their learning abilities and life.
The organisers sent back 70 persons after registration who belonged to other districts to be followed up at camps in their respective districts as the patients from Srinagar district alone were examined. Dr B A Lone, Administrative officer, VMS, gave a resume of the project which is being implemented in the entire valley.
According to Dr Mushtaq Margoob, Director, SAWAB, Centre of the VMS, the programme besides aiming at treating the speech and hearing impairment patients will also address their psychological issues so that they are completely rehabilitated in the society.
Earlier Dr Mir Mohamad Maqbool, founder president of The VMS in his welcome address appreciated the keen interest taken by SBI Chairperson, Arundhati Bhattacharya in getting the project proposal sanctioned from the day one of her visit to the VMS Sep last.
Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, said that his university would go to any extent in helping the society in its different programmes. He also praised SBI for funding the 2-years long project which is going to make a huge difference in the quality of life of the beneficiaries.