U.K. team conducts health camp for children

Staff Reporter

Tiruvannamalai: As many as 10 children in the six months-two years age group were found to have some kind of hearing problem at a screening camp conducted by Rangammal Memorial Hospital here on Monday.

A medical team from the U.K., which is on a visit to the hospital, conducted the camp.

A total of 100 children were screened. Seven children were also found to have some kind of mental problem and one child was found to have Down Syndrome. A child was affected by a rare condition called ‘hemi facial dysplasia.’

A doctor from Queens Hospital, London, Rawal, told The Hindu that in children affected by hemi facial dysplasia, one side of the face would not grow well, when compared with the other.

“If left untreated, it would affect hearing and vision of the child. We referred the eight-month-old diagnosed with this disease, to a Chennai hospital where she will have to undergo multiple surgeries,” he said.

Sylvia Wright of Rangammal Memorial Hospital said that if hearing problems in children are diagnosed at an early age, say about six months to two years, intensity of the problems could be reduced.