A total of 72 hearing-impaired children will undergo free surgeries for cochlear implant at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka.
The surgery will be free of cost and the Social Welfare Ministry will bear all the expenses, Dr Md Abul Hasnat, the director of the surgery project, said at a programme held at Shaheed Dr Milon auditorium of BSMMU today.
The medical device for the cochlear implant is very expensive and worth more than a million BDT, he said.
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Previously, 152 children underwent the cochlear implant surgery in two phases under the same programme, whose hearing ability has significantly improved, speakers said at the programme presided by Dr Hasnat.
The fresh 72 children were awarded special certificates at the programme which ensure their surgery.
The children will be able to hear again after the surgery and they no more will be burden to the society, they said.
BSMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan was also among others present on the occasion.