PR No. 163 PM meets hearing impaired Nida Khan after her successful surgery Islamabad: April 18, 2017
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was pleased to meet Nida Khan at PM House today, after her successful surgery. The child was a born deaf and was unable to speak as well. The PM was immensely pleased to receive the treated child who will be able to listen and speak. The PM was briefed that Nida Khan will be fully rehabilitated with the assistance of speech therapist within a period of 1 to 2 years. The PM was further briefed that since Nida Khan is an intelligent child therefore her recovery is quite speedy.
During the handing over ceremony of School Buses to Islamabad schools on 11th January, 2017, the PM met special child Nida Khan who used sign language to thank the Prime Minister for providing school buses to students of Islamabad schools.
After the event, the Prime Minister enquired about the disability and medical reasons that barred the 6 and a half year old Nida Khan’s speech. The PM was told that the child was born with the profound disability to either speak or listen.
The PM directed for setting up a public sector’s Cochlear Implant Centre for treatment of hearing impaired children. Under the directions of the Prime Minister, Executive Director of Capital Hospital constituted a Special Medical Board in February 2017. Expenses incurred on such treatments are to be borne from the Prime Minister’s Fund as the board is mandated for receiving cases from the poor families who cannot afford the costly treatment from their own resources. The Capital Hospital and Special Education Centre work in collaboration on this initiative and are duly represented in the special board. The hospital executes the surgical part and implanting the device while the services of audiologist and speech therapist are carried out by the Special Education Centre.
Nida Khan went a surgery on February 22, 2017 for embedding a Cochlear implant (CIs); a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf.
The parents of Nida Khan who basically belong to District Mardan, KPK were profoundly grateful to the PM for the treatment of their child who were present during the visit.