Baby Junior Silwana, born on 15 October 2014 was just 5 months old when he became one of the first babies to test the new audiology equipment. He had initially attended a postnatal check-up at the Gugulethu Midwife Obstetric Unit, where his hearing was screened. You can imagine just how worried his mommy, Zanele, was when he was referred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for further hearing tests and even more so, when she discovered that the first appointment was only at the end of February 2015. Picture her relief when she was called and offered an earlier appointment at the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital’s audiology department, newly equipped with an audiology booth and state of- the-art equipment.
We are happy to report that Baby Junior passed all of his hearing tests with flying colours. Zanele is so relieved that she no longer has to worry about her son’s hearing and even happier that she received the good news six weeks earlier than she would have, if he had been on an exceptionally long waiting list at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
One of the Children’s Hospital Trust funded programmes, the Child Speech and Hearing Programme, is currently being piloted at the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital. This programme is a partnership between Western Cape Government: Health, the Carel du Toit Centre and the Trust.