Rotary Club of Male (RCM) donated an audiometric test machine for newborns to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), on Thursday.
IGMH and RCM have commenced trainings to ensure that staff are able to operate the machine.
As per national statistics, an average of 8000 per year born in Maldives , do no have access to auditory diagnostic facilities.
During the ceremony at Hotel Jen in capital city Male', RCM member Dr Abdul Azeez Yoosuf noted that while four out of 1000 children are born with auditory complications, if babies are unable to obtain an early diagnosis and begin treatment within the first six months, the problem may become permanent.
Dr Yoosuf revealed further plans in affiliation with the Ministry of Health, to introduce audiometric tests in Addu City and Kulhudhuffushi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll. If successful in establishing the test across these hospitals, he highlighted that over 90 percent of newborns will have access to the test.
Expressing gratitude to RCM for its contribution, IGMH CEO Ibrahim Saleem further highlighted past efforts by the organization to aid the hospital.