Concern over infant hearing issues

by | May 20, 2024 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Malaysia’s Health Ministry is upping the ante and increasing the tempo on the early detection of hearing problems by putting in place and initiating a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) programme.

According to the health ministry, out of a total of 987 out of the 253,822 infants screened under the UNHS programme in the country last year were diagnosed with mild to severe hearing problems among newborns.

The health ministry further stated that the UNHS programme has been a Key Performance Indicator or KPI by the Health Minister in his first 100 days in office and therefore great importance is being attached to the programme.

In other development’s, the health ministry thanked the dedication and cooperation of all parties, as from Dec 13, 2023 to March 21, 2024, a total of 68,823 newborns, or 138 percent of the KPI target successfully underwent hearing screening.

Under Budget 2024, RM130 million has been allocated by the government to enhance disease prevention which includes the UNHS programme which allows babies and children with hearing problems to be detected early.

On a related matter, the ministry disclosed that assistance will be given to Malaysians for hearing aids and under its Cochlear Implant Programme from 2019 to 2023 about RM21 million was spent on 272 units.