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Newborn Screening essential to detect hearing difficulties

11 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability, Mid Ulster MLA, Geraldine Dougan has welcomed news that newborn hearing screening will be rolled out throughout the Six Counties and that babies born from 1st October will be able to avail of this new service.

Ms Dougan said:

"This is an important development and will ensure that children born with hearing difficulties can be diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.

"It is important that such hearing difficulties are detected at this early stage, giving children the best chance to develop language and communication skills. It will mean that they will progress socially and educationally at the same rate as other children. ENDS.

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