2.9 million children examined for hearing impairment: Health ministry

MENA , Wednesday 4 May 2022

The Ministry of Health and Population on Wednesday said a hearing survey has been conducted for 2,971,000 children as part of a presidential initiative for early detection and treatment of hearing loss and impairment for newborns nationwide.

Medical workers
A medical workers checks on the hearing of a child in a hospital. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Cabinet Facebook page.


The initiative was launched in September 2019 in Egypt.

Some 174,465 children would be re-examined, a week after the first screening at the same unit, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said.

Around 18,945 children were referred after the second test to 30 hospitals and referral centers nationwide for higher evaluation and the start of medical treatment or the installation of a hearing aid or the transfer of the child for cochlear implant in accordance to his/her condition, the spokesman added.

The number of examination centers were increased to cover 3,500 health units across all governorates to conduct audiological examinations for children from the day of birth to the age of 25 days, he added. 

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