Hyderabad: On the occasion of Children’s Day Aster Hospitals pledged to provide 100 free paediatric surgeries in the coming year. As a part of Aster Volunteers Global CSR programme, beliving ‘Second Life – Because Little Lives Matter’, the hospital would help at least 100 children below 12 years, who are being treated across Aster Hospitals based in 5 states in India, over a period of a year by providing free paediatric surgeries.
This includes common childhood surgeries such as appendicitis, intussusception, empyema and paediatric urology surgeries as well as complex clinical surgeries including bone marrow transplant, liver transplants, heart surgeries, etc. Dr Nitish Shetty, Regional Director, Aster Hospitals, Karnataka and Maharashtra Cluster, Mr Farhan Yasin, Regional Director, Aster Hospitals – Kerala & Oman Cluster and Mr Devanand KT, Regional CEO, Aster Hospitals – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Cluster were present at the launch of the campaign.
The treatment will be funded by Aster DM Foundation or with the support of philanthropists / NGOs. A criterion has been established by the foundation to identify the eligibility of cases for the program. These will be assessed based on the socio-economic status and BPL category as well as the medical outcome of the child prior to commencement of selection and subsequent treatment. Furthermore, a 24X7 multi-lingual helpline number has been set up at Calicut to manage enquiries, the helpline can be accessed by dialling +91 9633620660.
Speaking on the initiative Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “In India, where a significant segment of the population still remains below the poverty line, many families with an ailing child struggle to afford the advanced surgery needed to save the lives of their little ones. In most cases, paediatric organ transplants, bone-marrow transplants, cardiac surgeries or even common surgeries can not only give young children a second shot at a better life but also save an entire family from falling into the depths of despair”.
Further, he emphasised that Aster Hospitals in India, based in the 5 States, had emerged as Centres of Excellence in advanced paediatric care and surgeries and their doctors had been known to set global benchmarks in advanced surgical interventions. we sincerely hope that with this effort, we are able to provide a second chance to young children to live their lives to the fullest and achieve their dreams, he added.
Mr Devanand KT, Regional CEO, Aster Hospitals – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Cluster firmly said the launch of the Second Life Initiative is to structure a change that will eventually have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children from a long-term perspective. Further, he expressed that they aimed to leverage the inherent and individual strengths of several of their hospitals to fulfil and deliver on these clinical interventions. At Aster, it is our motto to bring great healthcare within the reach of all individuals, our highly experienced experts at Aster Hospital’s will be dedicating a minimum of 10% of their man-hours to help these children and give them a well-deserved second chance at life, he added.
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