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Uganda urged to promote early screening for children who are deaf-blind

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Sense International Uganda is calling the Government to embark on the program they introduced that promotes early screening and early intervention for children who are deaf-blind, reports Capital Radio.

The organization working with the ministry of health and the Uganda Virus Research Institute started the program as a pilot project in wakiso district four years ago to identify children who are deaf-blind.

The country director Sense International Uganda, Chris Yiga noted that as they interacted with the communities, they realized that there are many people living with deaf blindness but identifying and providing them with specialized support is still a big problem because no one is paying attention to them.

The organization wants Government to allocate money for maintaining the hearing and sight testing machines in Kasangati Health Centre IV and Entebbe referral hospital on top of the occupational therapist.

Muwonge Tom, councilor Kasangati town council and chairperson health committee Wakiso district commended Sense International for the job well done in screening a number of children in this area and training the staff at the health centers on how to handle children who are deaf-blind.

 

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