Kathmandu – This year, the government has also assisted children with hearing aids to get a hearing implant (cochlear implant). For the current financial year, the government has contributed Rs. 10 million for the cochlear implant program.
Children waiting for the device will get the device with the help. Last year, the government provided only Rs 1 lakh for this program. For the first time in FY19, an allocation of Rs. Co-founder of Cochlear Implant Nepal Group Rabindra Bhakta Prawan praised the government during a program on Friday. ‘Now the children who are waiting can hear the ears, but the program must be continuous,’ he said.
So far one hundred hundred cochlear implants have been installed in Nepal. The government has been providing Rs.5 lakh for cochlear implants.
A cochlear implant is a device that allows children with congenital hearing loss to hear a modern device attached to the brain. This device can be connected even if deaf after speaking. Hearing aids can be heard if you have hearing loss due to injury, inner ear disease or age. If not, a cochlear implant can also be added.
Children will be able to speak only after the device is connected to speech and speech therapy. Audiologist of Trivial Hospital, Dr. Raviraj Nanal gave a presentation on therapy to the parents. He informed that the device will work effectively when connected at the earliest age.
Because the device was expensive, not everyone could reach it and Dr. Prananga explained. Although it started 3 years ago, not many children were able to access this service due to financial constraints. With the help of the government, the number of children connecting this device has increased, with only four to five children being taken annually since the service began. According to which, if 1 were received in 1959 and 1 in 1949, then in the current fiscal year 1 would get. So far, a cochlear implant has been installed in 100 people in Nepal. The government has been providing over five million support for children who want to have a cochlear implant. There is a separate price for two tier implants in the market. Of which, the basic one has to come to Rs. This connection costs extra.
The first nose, ear and neck specialist Professor Dr. Rakesh Prasad Srivastava started for the first time in Nepal with the help of the Indian Government. At present, Teaching Hospital Maharajganj is fully capable of treating this.
In the program, a set cochlear implant from Austria-based medal company has been provided to a 3-year-old boy Vinay Bhatt of Kanchanpur. The company said it will provide one free one after purchasing one hundred devices in Nepal. South Asian director of the company Tejendra Singh and Minister of State for Health and Population Surendra Kumar Yadav handed over the device. The device is priced at Rs.
On the occasion, Minister Yadav promised that the government would try to provide necessary support. “This treatment can be covered by the insurance program, we will facilitate by relaxing the customs duties,” he said. Former Minister of Health Gagan Kumar Thapa urged the government to provide continued support and customs exemption for this program. In the same order, the group will establish a cochlear implant for the first time in Nepal. Rakesh Shrivastava was honored by wearing a mascot. Children who received cochlear implants during the program gave dance and other presentations. Citizen Daily