Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar at a weekly meeting on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Health)
Some 198,519 children would be re-examined, a week after the first screening in the same unit, said the spokesman for the ministry of Health, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar.
Approximately 21,235 children were referred after the second test to 30 hospitals and referral centers across the country for further evaluation and the start of medical treatment, fitting of a hearing aid or referral of the child for a cochlear implant depending on his condition. , the spokesperson added.
Abdel Ghaffar stressed that the failure of the child to pass the second test in most cases does not mean that he has a hearing impairment, but that he needs advanced tests in the reference centers of the initiative. He emphasized that early detection of hearing impairment or loss prevents hearing loss and facilitates treatment options.
He added that nearly 7,585 non-Egyptian newborn babies residing in Egypt were also screened.
The initiative was launched in September 2019 in 3,500 health facilities and offices in all governorates, to carry out hearing screening tests for children from birth up to 28 days of age.