10m children with hearing loss : Resolution submitted in PA to set up modern hospital

LAHORE: Around 10 million children are facing problems of profound hearing loss in Pakistan, of which 50 percent belong to Punjab alone, claimed MPA Baasima Riaz Chaudhry in her resolution filed in the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. Baasima belongs to one of the opposition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) from district Mandi Bahauddin. She has demanded the Punjab government that it should build a modern and fully equipped state-of-the-art hospital in the province to treat the affected children. In the resolution, she also disclosed that it was a great tragedy of the province that there were only two audiologists here to deal with the issue of hearing impairments in children. She stressed the government that it should make ensure the hearing screening of every newborn within the next six months in the hospital to overcome this medical problem as soon as possible, which is increasing day by day. The legislator said that hearing loss is a medical problem and definitely curable, so there was a need to address the issue properly and in time. She said that the government should establish a separate hospital to deal with this issue. It is worth mentioning here that estimated by World Health Organisation (WHO), around 278 million people worldwide had been suffering from hearing impairment, and these numbers could increase to 700 million by 2015 and 900 million by 2025. 

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