By fitting 3911 people with hearing aids, Manipur entered the Guinness Book of World Records. This record was set in 8 hours time and previously the record was held by Gujarat. Gujrat had made the record on September 17 this year by fitting hearing aid on just 600 persons in 8 hours time.
This was confirmed when a ‘symbolic certificate’ from Guinness Book of World Records was handed over to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in presence of his council of Ministers at the Chief Minister’s secretariat.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said on the Manipur’s record ‘It is a proud moment for all of us in Manipur to create such a world record. All credit must be given to our Health services team for their effort.’
The distribution programme was organised by the Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness, National Health Mission, Manipur, in collaboration with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, with a target to provide hearing aid to 6464 beneficiaries from nine districts of the state following a successful 49 camps organised across the State under National Health Mission during which more than 12,000 patients were screened.
Budget For The Distribution Programme
The total cost of the hearing aid was Rs 4.44 crores which was sponsored by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India while the State Government also spent a huge amount for preparing accommodation for more than 10,000 people for the programme.