Mission Prerana launched for Paediatric Health Care

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An apt photo - A small kid inaugurating the dedicated Paediatric Cardiology Unit at Sahyadri Super Specialty Hospital Nagar Road. From left Suresh Chokhani, Dr Charudutt Apte, Om Prakash Shete and Dr.Sunil Rao

With a view to make Paediatric Tertiary Health Care easily accessible for all, Sahyadri Hospitals has launched a key initiative.

“Mission Prerana” is in association with the Chief Minister’s Medical Assistance Cell Maharashtra State & Rotary International under the aegis of ‘Mission Muskan’.

Under this ground breaking initiative, Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital Nagar Road has been transformed into a dedicated Paediatric Tertiary Care Unit which will offer end-to-end tertiary healthcare services for children there.

“Mission Prerana” was formally inaugurated on September 29 to mark World Heart Day at the Nagar Road Unit in presence of chief guest Mr Om Prakash Shete, Chief, Chief Minister’s Medical Assistance Cell – Maharashtra State, Mr. Suresh Chokhani – Project Chair -Mission Muskan & District Secretary-CSR, Rotary District 3141, Dr. Charudutt Apte, Chairman, Sahyadri Hospitals, Sudin Apte, Co-ordinator of Mission Muskan in Pune and Rajesh Sonar Senior Co-ordinator, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) .

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Shete said that no citizen should succumb because of lack of treatment or money and this is our commitment. “While the state is making progress in all fields including industrial progress we should not be behind in Healthcare. Mission Muskan is not just a project but a movement and we should all come together to help the needy. “

Dr Apte said that few years back Sahyadri Hospitals had come forward in accepting Government Health Scheme for poor and has treated more than 4,000 patients ( performed more than 3,000 adult cardiac surgeries, 500 Paediatric Cardiac Devices & 500 Paediatric Cardiac Surgeries, for the underprivileged. “

Dr Sunil Rao,COO, Sahyadri Hospitals said that the state-of-the-art unit at Nagar Road will be a Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Cardiac Interventions & Surgeries, Epilepsy Surgeries, Haematology (Bone Marrow Transplants), and Paediatric Liver Transplants.

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From left Suresh Chokhani, OmPrakash Shete, Dr Charudutt Apte and Dr Sunil Rao

The infrastructure will include 130 bedded Multi-Speciality Tertiary Care Hospital with level III Care –NICU attracting referrals from all over Maharashtra and a dedicated Neonatal Ambulance.

The Centrer of Excellence will include a dedicated team of Paediatric Cardiac Specialists, Paediatric Surgeons , Transplant Specialists, Epilepsy Specialists amongst others including trained nurses and staff .

Speaking about the new initiative, Dr. Pankaj Sugavkar, Pediatric Cardiologist Sahyadri Hospitals, said that “While the incidences of heart ailments in small children remains the same, the number of children with heart ailments coming for treatment have increased because of increased detection rate . This has been possible due to developmental issues like technological advancement, availability of manpower which has enabled us to diagnose any issues at the earliest age. “

The Medical Team of ‘Mission Prerena’ includes Dr. Pankaj Sugaonkar-Paediatric Cardiologist, Cardiac Surgeons Dr. Rajesh Kaushish, Dr. Sandeep Tadas and Dr. Manoj Durairaj, Dr. Mahendra Bafna; Dr. Shantanu Shastri-Cardiac Anaesthetist; Haematologists Dr. Shashikant Apte & Dr. S. Kannan; Dr. Pranav Jadhav-Paediatric Surgeon,Neonatologists Dr. Pradeep Suryawanshi & Dr. Jaleel Mujawar, Dr. Amit Dhakoji – Epilepsy Surgeon, Dr. Bipin Vibhute-Liver Transplant Surgeon and many other specialists.