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More deaf kids from poor families to get artificial cochlea embedded free


09:03, December 14, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen thousand more deaf children from low-income families are expected to have artificial cochlea embedded free between 2012-2015, under a program funded by China's Central Government, a Ministry of Health source told Xinhua Tuesday.

This is the second such government-funded program organized by the China Disabled Persons' Federation.

During the period of 2009-2011, the government paid for the embedding of artificial cochlea for 1,500 poor kids with hearing disabilities, and for their follow-up rehabilitative training. Peking Union Medical College Hospital and another 26 hospitals carried out the operations.

Based on the success of the first three-year program, the government has decided to continue with the effort to help more poor children to gain hearing ability.

This time, another 10 hospitals, including Shanxi Provincial People's Hospital, have been added into the list.

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