500  patients with hearing impairment to get treatment at Mbeya

14Mar 2019
The Guardian
500  patients with hearing impairment to get treatment at Mbeya

MORE than 500 patients with hearing problems are expected to receive treatment at the Mbeya Referral Hospital this year.

This comes after the hospital established pure tone eudiometry services for screening patients.


Specialist for ear, nose and throat (ENT), Dr Benedict Ngunyale said patients were forced to follow the treatment in Dar es Salaam.


“By using this machine we will be able to know the hearing level and then be able to advise a patient on what treatment to receive on the challenges facing him/her, we thank the government for this development,” said Dr Ngunyale.


However, the hospital also received a fibre-optic machine from an orthopaedic surgeon in German Dr Erhard Kirschbaum.


Speaking when handing over the machine on behalf of Dr Kirschbaum, Dr Lunemo Sakafu from the same hospital said the gift came because of the good relations from experts in German and those at the hospital.


The executive director for Mbeya referral hospital Dr Godlove Mbwanji said the hospital has made tremendous developments in improving specilialised services.


“The support has come at the right time because we are now working on improving people’s lives through services in our surgical rooms among others.


It is estimated that 97  per cent of people with hearing impairment are not watching television in Tanzania because they can’t follow up the programmes and there is no one to interpret for them.


Tanzania Association of the Deaf reports that people with hearing impairment in the country are still neglected since they lack access to information through television programmes due to lack of sign language interpreters in media houses.


Association chairman Nidrosy Malawa was recently quoted as saying that people with hearing impairment also need to be informed.


According to Tanzania Association Sign Language Interpreters (TASLI), there are only 15 competent people who can serve in broadcasting perspective in the country.


TASLI chairperson  Protas Mwalongo said that only five regions have broadcasting sign language interpreters including Dar es Salaam (10), Mwanza (1), Pwani (1), Moshi (1) and Dodoma (1).





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