Bhartiben Reshiya from Ahmedabad’s Wadaj area reached the Sola Civil Hospital for treatment thinking she had vertigo. After the necessary scans, the doctors found she had decay in her ear. Soon she underwent surgery with all precautions given that she also had cardiac issues and have recovered well under supervision of Doctors at Sola Civil Hospital.
And Amraiwadi’s Ramesh Manjibhai Rathod came to the Sola Civil for treating his hearing problems of two decades, which he had been ignoring. So he was here when the pain got unbearable.
Bharatiben and Rameshbhai were among as many as 35 patients with ear ailments who were operated upon in one single day in a record of sorts created at Ahmedabad’s Sola Civil Hospital. Both couldn’t stop praising and thanking the doctors for this achievement. “Every staff member was very supportive here,” Rathod told Vibes of India.
The record number of surgeries were performed as part of an awareness campaign launched by the hospital in the run up to the World Hearing Day on March 3.
Dr Nina Bhalodia, head of the ENT department at Sola Civil Hospital and under whose guidance Audiology College was set up, said March 3 is World Hearing Day, and as a part of awareness campaign they operated record number of patients on single day. She added that hearing problems should not be taken lightly.
Dr Simple Bhadania told Vibes of India that Sola Civil Hospital sees many patients with hearing problems. These include sticking ear bones and decay in ears. “Numerous hearing ailments are also genetically passed down generations; in some cases, children are treated free of cost with a cochlear implant which costs around Rs 7 lakh,” Dr Bhadania said.
On her experience of creating a record of sorts operating on 35 patients in 7 hours, she said, “This has been an experience of a lifetime, as all of us got to learn the power of teamwork. From detecting a disease to the post-care process, coordination was given optimum importance.” She added that no one should ignore hearing problems and immediately visit a specialist in case of a persistent problem.
A total of 47 patients with ear ailments were identified last week, out of which 35 of them were operated upon on Thursday.
This was probably the first instance in Gujarat when so many patients were operated upon in just one day. An audiology facility with modern equipment has also been started in the hospital. On Thursday, eight specialists and 40 paramedical staff joined the effort.