One more kid dies

HYDERABAD, AUG. 14. A five-month-old girl, Shravani, from Krishna district, died in Apollo Hospitals here on Saturday, taking the number of children who died of Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) after the August 7 rally by the Mahajana Sangharshana Samithi to 10.

Shravani, whose heart condition was termed by doctors inoperable, was admitted to the hospital in a serious state after the physical strain during the rally. She had been diagnosed with total anomalous pulmonary venous connection and borderline pulmonary veins among other defects. Her health deteriorated further around 11 p.m. on Friday night and despite resuscitative measures, breathed her last at 7 a.m. this morning, hospital officials said.

On Saturday, four more children were referred from other hospitals to Apollo. These children were assessed and given dates for surgery and interventional procedures. Out of the 31 admitted here on August 7, 12 have undergone surgery so far, while four have been discharged. After Shravani's death, the rest are being prepared for surgery and other forms of medical management.

Screening begins

Meanwhile, the Government's initiative to screen children with CHD at the district-level took off today with evaluation and screening camps being conducted at different State-run hospitals in 11 districts. In the State capital, the camp for children was held at Gandhi Hospital while Osmania General Hospital organised a camp for people of all ages with heart defects. The Government-sponsored camp at OGH will be on August 22.

The Gandhi Hospital superintendent, A.Y. Chari, said 198 children attended the camp, of which 188 were diagnosed with cardiac disorders while the other 10 had non-cardiac problems. Three children with serious CHDs were referred to the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences and Care Hospitals, Banjara Hills. The others were given different dates for treatment.

Dr. Chari said the hospital was planning to take up a camp with focus on a particular disease every month. However, more funds and staff were necessary for this.

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