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Labasa Special School Gets Ear Health Screenings

Team encourages tests for children under 18 in Labasa, tests set for early detection for hearing loss   The Frank Hilton audiology team arrived at the Labasa Special School to
20 Feb 2018 17:52
Labasa Special School Gets Ear Health Screenings
Frank Hilton audiology team volunteer Madison Linares examining Chandra Wati at the Labasa Special School February 19, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

Team encourages tests for children under 18 in Labasa, tests set for early detection for hearing loss

 

The Frank Hilton audiology team arrived at the Labasa Special School to conduct screening tests for hearing and ear health yesterday. The screenings are set to conclude there today.

Frank Hilton Organisation chief executive officer, Sureni Perera is calling for young people under the age of 18 to be screened for early detection of hearing and ear health issues.

“This is the northern outreach programme and we will be doing it in two special schools, one in Labasa and one in Savusavu. Today we are just doing the school students and tomorrow we will be doing the general public,” she said.

“It is really important that any ear health issues are identified as early as possible because it is known that 50 per cent of the ear issues can be dealt with if identified early.”

Ms Perera said those children identified to have hearing loss or risk of hearing loss would be assisted with appropriate intervention and hearing aides.

“Within the course of the year, we plan to cover the 17 special schools in Fiji. We have already screened five in Suva, six in the west and this week two more in the north. The most important thing is that we would not have this outreach programme without the Government grant that came out last year,” she said.

“So the Government has supported us in conducting the outreach programme with schools.”

A parent, Zarina Bano, said she was happy that the Frank Hilton audiology team was able to perform a screening for her son.

“It is the first time a team like this has come to check my son’s ears and I am happy that they were able to do so,” Ms Bano said.

“I got to know about the check-up through the school’s head teacher. I always go to the hospital in regards to my son, but it is good that they have come to the school.”

The Frank Hilton audiology team will be in Savusavu tomorrow.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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