Egypt’s early detection of hearing loss initiative examines 1 million newborns


Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday that more than one million newborns have been screened during the presidential initiative for the early detection of hearing impairment since its launch in 2019.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, the initiative was launched in September 2019 and aims to examine all newborns in the country.

A total of 1,679 non-Egyptian newborns residing in Egypt were also examined as part of the initiative, the ministry said. He added that the initiative has been launched in 1,364 health units nationwide. It targets newborns from 1 day to 28 days old.

A total of 67,993 infants were referred for a confirmatory exam one week after the first exam, the ministry said. A total of 6,727 newborns were referred to hospitals in their birthplace for further examination and treatment, and to receive a hearing aid or perform a cochlear implant procedure if necessary.

The ministry said birth certificates have been updated with a hearing impairment review included, with the aim of establishing complete records for infants that include their medical condition.

The ministry receives requests from citizens regarding the early detection of hearing impairments on the hotline 15335 affiliated with the “100 Million Health” initiative.


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