A GH¢500,000 hearing aid assessment centre has been inaugurated at the Cape Coast School for the Deaf to ensure early detection and management of hearing disabilities.
The facility is said to be the most equipped of other hearing aid facilities, with equipment including tympanometre, AC 40 audiometre clinical, electronic ear irrigator, macroview otoscope and tuning forks.
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The facility was undertaken by the Cape Coast Crystal Lions Club in collaboration with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), and the Vanguard Assurance Company Limited with support from the Cape Coast Quarry, Ghacem Foundation Limited, the Central Regional Coordinating Council, Ashgin Pharmacy and Mikecom Ventures.
The facility has a records room, test room, speech therapy room and offices.
The centre would also serve pupils of the school, serve as a reference point of clients for professional medical intervention, educate the public on the causes and prevention of hearing problems and serve as a teaching and learning centre for the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Science and other medical students.
The Governor of District 403 A2 of the LCIF, Lion Gloria Esi Lassey, said pupils of the schools suffered impairments which needed attention and support from society.
She added: "Those of us who are fortunate not to have any health related problems might not appreciate what they go through or might take their situation for granted."
Lion Lassey said the Lions Club International focused on the prevention of blindness and the preservation of sight and also engaged in other health related activities.
She noted that for the LCIF, “as long as the project put smiles on the faces of the affected and contributes to reducing the sufferings of members of our community, we have achieved our objective.”
She said it was the expectation of the LCIF that the project would serve its purpose.
The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe, commended the Lions Clubs for their humanitarian services to the underprivileged in Ghana and the world.
She urged the club and other development partners to support government to improve the lot of the people.
She also appealed to beneficiaries to ensure the proper management of the facility.
A seven-member management board for the facility was inaugurated to ensure the proper management of the facility.
The Headmistress of the school, Ms Barbara Ennin, commended the LCIF and other supporting organisations for the support, saying it would greatly improve diagnostic and detection of needs assessment of the various impairments.
She further appealed for an assembly hall, additional classroom facilities and a school bus.
Ms Ennin also called for the development of the school into a secondary technical school.
The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, Mr Ebo Barton-Odro pledged to support the school to achieve its set goals.
Story by Shirley Asiedu-Addo