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Maharashtra gets first neurological department for children

Children with brain tumor and spinal cord problems will now get exclusive treatment, reports HT Correspondent .

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 21:30 IST

Children with neurological complications like brain tumor and spinal cord problems will now get exclusive treatment.

“Children are not adults. They deserve to be treated differently,” said Pediatric Surgeon Dr Uday Andar during the inauguration of the state’s first pediatric neurosurgical department at Jerbai Wadia Children’s Hospital on Saturday.

“I know how it feels when someone from the family suffers from a tumour,” said actor Sanjay Dutt after inaugurating the pediatric neurosurgical department. He has lost his wife years ago to brain tumor.

Earlier, children had to be taken to general hospitals if they were detected with neurological problems. But doctors say it’s high time that children stopped being treated as “junior adults”.

Apart from a skilled and qualified team, the cost of neurological operations at the new department would be also being less. A private hospital charges about Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 lakh for removing a brain tumour or excess fluid from a child’s brain, but at Wadia Hospital, it would be cost around Rs 20,000.

“It would become affordable even for the lower middle class,” said Dr Uma Ali, Consultant Pediatrician of Wadia hospital.

The neurological department also has a comprehensive epilepsy programme and a neuroendoscopy and neuro-oncology team.

However, doctors refused that there is a rise in neurological problems among children. “The detection rate has gone up but not number of children suffering from neurological problems,” explained Dr Andar.

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First Published: Dec 16, 2006 21:30 IST