PARTNERING FOR GREAT HEARING CARE
Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and social skills. The earlier a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing starts getting services, the more likely the child’s speech, language, and social skills will reach their full potential.
Early interventions help young children with hearing loss learn language skills and other important skills
Early identification through screening and integration of primary ear care will enhance the prevention of hearing loss in primary health care settings.
The County Government of Nandi last month signed an MoU with Children’s Speech and Hearing Loss Organization (CHISHLO) to provide support services to families and children with hearing and speech challenges in Nandi County.
To further expand the partnership, the CECM for Health and Sanitation Mrs. Ruth Koech today hosted a delegation of Officials from Children’s Speech and Hearing Loss Organization (CHISHLO).and Latter Day Saints Charities, USA. The organizations were represented by Mr. Stephen Kittur and Elder & Sister Bell who discussed options for expanding the current hearing screening to include a Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in the County.
The County Government of Nandi is committed to delivering a full programme of support for children with hearing loss. The programme includes universal newborn hearing screening for the earliest possible identification of newborns with hearing loss.
“The Governor Sang-led government is committed to ensuring that children who are detected through the screening programme as having serious hearing impairments receive the extra support they need to build solid foundations for early learning,” said Ruth Koech, the CEC Member for Health and Sanitation.
Mr. Kittur thanked Nandi County for the great support it has provided the screening project and pledged their commitment as partners to making the County a great model in early interventions.