New Equipment for the Jai Devi Hospital in Agra
“Giving a smile” is the motto of the Bangalore-based NGO Akila Bharata Mahila Seva Samaja (ABMSS) and, until today, 25,000 cleft lips or noses have been corrected all over India.
The Agra Cleft Centre in Jai Devi Hospital was set up in 2008, but over the years it became apparent that the equipment used by surgeon Dr. Gaurav Gupta and his anesthetist needs to be improved.
Enlarge image New Equipment for the Jai Devi Hospital in Agra (© German Embassy New Delhi) With the help of ABMSS, they approached the German Embassy in New Delhi and applied for funding of a high quality anesthesia work station and an intubation fiberscope. Children with a cleft lip ideally undergo the necessary surgery already at the age of four month, so machines were chosen, that were especially designed for pediatrics. They make the operation much safer and, additionally, less time-consuming. The head of the hospital Dr. S.N. Gupta was impressed with the new equipment and decided to fully refurbish the operation theatre to further improve the quality and safety of the surgeries.
On 17th July, the operation theatre was officially opened and the new equipment handed over in the presence of representatives of the German Embassy. The opening ceremony was also attended by members of the Agra West Rotary Club, who fund ABMSS health camps in rural Uttar Pradesh, where families are informed about the programme and new patients are identified.
ABMSS is an Indian affiliate of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. They run the so-called Cleft Centres all across India, organise health camps in rural areas and train doctors and medical staff. The surgeries and medical treatments are provided free of cost to the children and their families.