Cape Coast, July 24, GNA – The Hearing Aid and Assessment Centre of the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind has taken delivery of an Auditory Study State Responses (ASSR) equipment to assist with the school’s relentless efforts in addressing the auditory challenges of its students.
The equipment, procured at the cost of 16,000 dollars was in fulfilment of a promise made by the Provincial Grand Lodge South West, under the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Mason of Ghana, following a request by the school some two years ago.
The new ASSR equipment is the third of its kind in the Country and it would ease the travelling inconveniences hearing-impaired patients in the Central Region go through to have their situation examined in Accra.
The centre, which also serves as the Regional Rehabilitation Centre had to refer patients to Kole Bu Teaching Hospital and one other private clinic in Accra for ASSR tests due to the absence of the ASSR equipment at the facility.
Mr Adu-Twum, who was very excited about the donation, underscored the importance of the equipment to an objective test with accurate results, reliable and rapid for rehabilitation and intervention strategies.
“Some patients could benefit from the use of hearing aid but if you do not know the exact level of their hearing, you cannot fix hearing aid for them"
Presenting the equipment, Mr James Kofi Pinkrah, the Provincial Grand Master stressed that the Lodge took interest in various charitable programmes to build better lives by enabling opportunities, assisting with the advancement of healthcare and education.
He was confident that the equipment would be utilized usefully to benefit the many children in the school who needed the service.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Abraham Annang Yemoson, expressed gratitude to the Grand Lodge for the kind gesture and said it would go a long way to help the school to better diagnose the impairment of its students and patrons who visited the centre.
He said inadequate classroom space, was affecting effective academic work and appealed for the construction of a six-unit classroom block and the installation of computers for the ICT and a flat-screen for effective teaching as well as benches for their dining hall.
Mr Yemoson mentioned the poor road network in the school as another challenge that needed immediate attention because the blind students suffered a lot using it.