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130 poor children born with congenital heart defects benefit from week-long health aid programme in Mumbai

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Thane | Wednesday, Jul 11 2018 IST
To repair and correct the congenital heart defects among children from disempowered families, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est and Dubai Health Authority have partnered with Fortis Healthcare, Mumbai to fund 130 surgeries in a week-long programme, in observance of 'Year of Zayed' that marks 100 years since the birth of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of UAE.

The week-long health aid programme commenced on July 7 and extendsup to July 13, when 130 corrective cardiac procedures and surgerieswere being performed at Fortis Healthcare Mumbai's Fortis Hospital,Mulund and S L Raheja Hospital Mahim-A Fortis Associate.

This initiative is supported by UAE AID Program, which also supportsvarious non-medical charitable events.

Funded by Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of UAE & ruler of Dubai,under project called 'NABADAT' (heartbeat), the initiative helpedchildren from disempowered families across Pune, Satara, Sangli,Nandurbar, Raigad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Gadchiroli, Nanded inMaharashtra, and some children from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh as well.

This initiative was announced by His Excellency Ibrahim MohamedBumelha, vice-chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian& Charity Est.; H E Humaid Al Qutami, director-general, Dubai HealthAuthority; Dr Obaid Aljassim, consultant Cardiovascular Thoracicsurgeon, head-NABADAT Mission; Saleh Zaher Almazrooei, generalmanager, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est;Bin Lahij, director of Humanitarian Assistance Dept, Dubai HealthAuthority and Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Al Teneiji, Consul General, UAEalong with Dr S Narayani, Zonal director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund &Dr Bipin Chevale, Zonal director, Raheja Hospital, Mahim-A Fortis Associate, a release issued by Fortis on Wednesday said.

Team at Raheja Hospital, Mahim-A Fortis Associate is led by DrVijay Agarwal, head, Pediatric Cardiac & Transplant Surgery;Dwarkanath Kulkarni, consultant, Cardiac Surgeon, and Pediatriccardiologists Dr Bhushan Chavan & Dr Shubhangi Upadhye.

Team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund is led by Dr Dhananjay Malankar,consultant, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon; Dr Swati Garekar, consultantPediatric cardiologist; Dr Sachin Patil, lead Pediatric anesthetist& intensivist and Dr Shivaji Mali, Pediatric anesthetist & intensivist.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Obaid Aljassim said, "With medicaland surgical expertise from S L Raheja Hospital, Mahim and FortisHospital, Mulund, we hope to enrich lives of 130 children; familiesof these children do not have access to tertiary aid and seek reliefthrough this initiative. Fondly named 'NABADAT' (heartbeat), thisinitiative brings us one step closer to reducing the CHD burdenacross Maharashtra and the peripheral states."Dr Narayani said, "We are extremely honoured to be a part of project'NABADAT' and would like to thank Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AlMaktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est. for extending aid to childrenfrom disempowered background, across Maharashtra and beyond. Thisassociation has enabled us to provide these children, a healthychance at life."Dr Chevale added, "Many children with congenital heart defects(CHDs) do not have access to treatment at the right time, whichultimately puts them under the risk of adverse outcomes. Throughthis empowering initiative, we would be reaching out to 130 suchchildren..." UNI XR SS VS2301

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