A total of 22 experts from Beijing Children's Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University and volunteers came to Xihe County Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine to carry out sight and hearing screening for local more than 1300 children on January 21.
The screening project was launched by China Child and Teenagers’ Fund (CCTF) and its secretary-general Zhu Xisheng said during the launching ceremony that the CCTF has always worked hard on the growth of Chinese children, giving special attention to their education, safety and health. The screening will re-examine and confirm the hearing-impaired children in Xihe County, and then cochlear implant surgery will been arranged soon.
Xie Xianghui, vice president of Beijing Children's Hospital, Capital Medical University, gives a speech.
Xie Xianghui, vice president of Beijing Children's Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University, said Beijing Children's Hospital will shoulder more social responsibilities and provides advanced pediatric services to counties, townships and even schools for the treatment of hearing-impaired, visually impaired children.
In recent years, the number of children with visual acuity and hearing problems in China has been increasing. According to the Second National Disability Sample Survey data, the number of hearing-impaired people in China has reached 27.8 million, of which the number of children aged 0-14 with hearing impairment exceeds 2 million.
The Xihe County has 160 children aged 2 to 10 with hearing impairment 10 children with visual impairment of different kinds.
Zhang Jie, director of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Beijing Children's Hospital, admitted 55 children with hearing impairment in a day, of whom 12 needed cochlear implants. Li Li, director of ophthalmology at the same hospital, gave vision examination for 45 children, and 16 of whom needed surgery.
Experts from Beijing Children's Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University talks with local pediatricians in Xihe County.