1 mln deaf children in India need modern medical treatment: minister

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NEW DELHI, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Nearly 1 million deaf children in India require modern medical treatment like cochlear implantation, a senior minister said Thursday.

“Even though more than 20,000 cochlear implantations have thus been done across India, we still face an uphill task with potentially 1 million children awaiting implantation, for many of whom the cost of implant is a deterrent,” Indian Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said at a seminar on deafness in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh’s capital Hyderabad.

The minister called for a holistic effort by government, medical fraternity and others in this regard, saying, “It can make a remarkable transition in the lives of the deaf children in bringing them out of the gloomy world of silence, onto the vibrant world of sound.”

She added: “Such an effort can be fulfilled only when technology is propagated to all rural areas across the country and the success of such an effort would lead to realizing a deafness free India in the near future.”

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