2.9 million newborns screened under the Egyptian Initiative for the Detection and Treatment of Hearing Losses


CAIRO – May 04, 2022: The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced the examination of more than 2.9 million infants as part of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s initiative for the early detection of loss and hearing loss in newborns.

Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the number of hearing test centers for newborns up to 28 days of age has increased to 3,500 health units in all Egyptian governorates.

In addition, more than 7,000 non-Egyptian children residing in the country have been screened under the initiative based on President Sisi’s directives, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

Early detection of hearing impairment or loss facilitates treatment options and helps children avoid speech problems that can cause psychological illnesses in newborns.

In mid-April, the Egyptian Ministry of Health claimed that presidential health initiatives launched in recent years for the early detection and treatment of a number of diseases had so far supported 86 million people. .

Initiatives launched under the major initiative “100 million healthy lives” include an initiative to support the health of Egyptian women and an initiative to examine and treat people with chronic diseases and detect kidney disease.

This is in addition to an initiative to detect and treat newborn hearing loss and impairment, an initiative to eliminate surgical waiting lists, an initiative to support maternal and fetal health, as well as the vaccination campaign against the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, the ministry said 23,906,809 women have been screened for breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes and obesity since the Women’s Health Initiative was launched in July 2019.

The service is available to women over the age of 18 in 3,538 health care units and 114 hospitals nationwide.

As for people diagnosed with breast cancer, they can benefit from free care in 14 university hospitals and 14 centers affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Population.


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