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9,400 people found with hearing impairment in Mizoram since 2014

Cases reported since Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness under National Health Mission Programme was launched in the state during that year

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: As many as 9,400 people were found suffering from hearing impairment since the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) under the National Health Mission Programme was launched in Mizoram in 2014, official release said.

This was highlighted on the occasion of World Hearing Day on Monday.

The release said that at least 13,000 people were found suffering from ear infections or diseases and 3,000 other suffered hearing loss during last year. Of these, 1,000 people have been referred to the National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH), Kolkata for hearing aids and 140 people have successfully undergone operation, the release said.

Under the initiative of the NPPCD, World Hearing Day was observed on Monday with the theme ‘Check your Hearing’. The day was observed in seven districts of the state health department -- Aizawl East & West, Champhai, Mamit, Lunglei, Serchhip and Kolasib.

Hospital staff, ENT department, NPPCD workers, volunteers of YMA, youth members of churches and students in all the seven districts took out rally in the morning. During the day, medical experts talked on treatment of ear infection and prevention from hearing loss.

As per latest report, at least 165 people underwent medical check-up in free medical camp organised on the occasion, of which 75 people were found with hearing loss. Barring Lawngtlai and Saihai districts, the NPPCD was launched in six district of Mizoram -- Aizawl, Champhai, Mamit, Lunglei, Serchhip and Kolasib -- in 2014.