Thank you Ministre Yves Bolduc! Quebec Ministre of Health to launch Universal New Born Hearing Screening Program



    MONTREAL, May 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Coalition for Universal
Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) profoundly thanks Dr. Yves Bolduc, the Quebec
Minister of Health and Social Services who announced this weekend, that the
Government of Quebec will launch a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
Program.
    "We were thrilled to hear the news," says Mr. Claudio Bussandri, Chair
and Dr. Hema Patel, Co-Chair of the Coalition and pediatrician at The Montreal
Children's Hospital of the MUHC. "On behalf of the Coalition, we want to
publicly thank Dr. Bolduc for announcing that his government will establish a
universal newborn hearing screening program. This cost-effective program will
have a profound impact for babies with hearing loss. It will literally change
their lives. A universal program means that all Quebec newborns will soon
benefit from hearing screening."
    Hearing loss is the most common birth defect affecting 1 to 3 of every
1000 newborns. Newborn hearing screening is essential. It is a simple,
inexpensive test that is able to detect hearing problems in newborns. This
allows these children to be treated early enabling them to reach their full
potential.
    The timing of the announcement could not be better as May is speech and
hearing month.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, Manager Public Relations and
Communications, The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC, (514) 412-4307,
Lisa.Dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca


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