Government urges specialist partnership for treatment of hearing impaired children


Doctor God NnadiGovernor of Rotary District 9125, requested the collaboration of specialists for the treatment of students at the Abuja School for the Deaf.
According to Nnadi, plans are underway by rotating clubs in the district to conduct medical outreach in the school.

Nnadi, who said this in an interview with the news agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said medical assistance would go a long way in bringing help to the children.

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The governor said a lot could be accomplished if specialists and other stakeholders like NGOs in partnership with Rotarians for strong outreach.

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He said a recent visit by seven rotating clubs and some NGOs to the school in Kuje to mark International Day of the Girl Child showed that some had minor cases that could be dealt with.

“You don’t have to be the richest to reach out.

As Rotarians, we have been involved in activities that would bring relief to people in need.

“We partner with experts for eye surgeries, support people with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and many more.

“Now our attention is drawn to the deaf-mutes.

“From what I saw when we visited Kuje School for the Deaf, some of them might have their hearing restored, if not completely, to a large extent,” he said.

He said: “All we need to do is conduct medical outreach, work with NGOs and medical experts to review them and find out which ones we can help.

“I was able to find that in kidney disease certain levels are curable and it costs as little as N50,000 to cure a patient if detected early.

“So I think the same can apply to hearing loss, which is also of a different degree.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nnadi on October 11 led seven rotating clubs in Abuja in collaboration with some NGOs at the School for the Deaf for the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child.

The Rotary clubs are that of Kubwa, Apo, Federal Capital Territory (CTF), Maitama, Prestige, Central Business District (CBD)Urban, Kubwa Gateway, Garki Neighborhood and Garki.

Meanwhile, NGO partners are Development Initiative for Youth Excellence, Progress and Stability, LexFHHhumanity, PERCH Foundation, advancement of citizen participation and awareness initiative.

Others are the VinaDaniel Foundation, EMB PEP Employment Initiative, Rotaract Club of Apo FCT, Rotaract Zone E District 9125.
During the school visit, Rotary clubs and NGOs sponsored 40 out-of-school children for the start of the school year

The sum of N200,000 was handed over to the school on behalf of the 40 pupils, who were expelled from the school for non-payment of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) sampling.

In addition to the sponsorship, 120 girls received four towels each, 180 boys received socks and drinks.

Students also learned how to make drinks, lip gloss, cakes, and soap, among other things.

Nnadi, who declared the event open, said the effort was driven by the need to ensure that no children, especially those with special needs, stay in school.

He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and businesses to come to the aid of the school.

The Governor had said there was a need to create constant awareness on the education and empowerment of girls, saying they were an essential component of society.

He also said that the girl was often a victim of drug addiction, trafficking and other vices and needed to be properly educated.

The President of Rotary International District 9125 of the Empowering Girls initiative, Ms. Lovina Okorn-Ntuisaid the visit revealed other areas where Nigerians could help students.

She said some of the students, with the proper medical care, could regain their hearing ability.

She said it was common for people to pay attention to “normal” children at global celebrations, while children with various challenges were excluded.

She said “It’s common to have an impact on the lives of girls without special needs, so this time we decided to celebrate with girls with hearing loss and other special needs.

Ntui called on the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of disabled children in the country, saying their situation was pathetic.

She said there was a need to reassure these children that they were loved despite their condition.

M Abdulrazaq SurajoAbuja School for the Deaf Principal, Kuje,ImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfilter expressed his gratitude for the support the school has received from rotating clubs and NGOs.
Surajo called for support, especially in the area of TICinfrastructure and other needs.

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Eniola Williams

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