The Rupnath Bramha Civil Hospital in Kokrajhar has scripted new history. Two surgeries were performed by the doctors of this hospital which were first to be done in any of the civil hospitals in the entire Northeast.
Dr. A R Sharma, the Superintendent of the hospital, said the first surgery was conducted on Ayesa Begum, a 60-year-old woman from Mukrapara, who suffered a neck-fumer fracture. Her financial condition was weak but needed urgent hip surgery. Due to several factors, it was out of the question to send her to any other hospital in Guwahati for surgery.
Dr. Pranjal Kalita, an orthopedic surgeon of the hospital, requested the authorities to make the necessary arrangements for the surgery. After receiving full co-operation from the hospital authorities, the surgery could be successfully done on December 16. It was on the 20th that the woman was discharged from the hospital after she could walk on her own.
Dr. Kalita said even though the hospital did not have the perfect set-up, they tried their level best to make all the arrangements and he was helped by Dr C Patowary, which made the surgery successful. Dr Kalita is a pass out of the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH).
The second case of surgery which was done in the same hospital was by its medicine specialist Dr. Tejaswi BL on Bibhuti Karmakar from Saptagram. Addressing the media, Dr Tejaswi said that a patient, Karmakar arrived in the hospital on December 16, with a serious condition.
Dr Kalita said even though the hospital did not have the perfect set-up, but they tried their level best to make all the arrangements and he was helped by Dr C Patowary, which made the surgery successful.An immediate CT Scan was done and it was seen that the Karmarkar suffered a brain stroke and thrombolysis was the only treatment. The operation was successfully done and the patient has recovered.
Dr Tejaswi said to the media that cases of high blood pressure are very common in Assam. There are genetic factors as well as some wrong eating habits as the people of this region take salt in high amounts, even take it with tea sometimes. Among the 5 to 6 stroke cases that arrive in the Rupnath Bramha Civil Hospital only 1 or 2 survive.
In most cases, it was seen that people arrive late and by the time they arrive, they already have a brain clot.
Dr Tejaswi added that in the treatment of thrombolysis, the clot in the blood vessels to the brain is broken down. This surgery is being carried out in US and other developed countries. It has come to India in 20 years.
The Assam Medical College and Hospital started this procedure around 6 months back. It is not carried out in the other civil or private hospitals in the state as it costs around 3 to 4 lakhs.