The Early Years Developmental Screening Activity hosted by Rehabilitation Services, Ministry of Health
DATE & VENUE: 10th of May 2012 at Goed Intent Health Centre, Region 3
Early ID team from MOH Rehab Services, Audiology & Eyecare Guyana with members of the public
The Rehabilitation Services Division of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Eye Care, West Demerara Regional Health Authority and VSO-Guyana, held a successful one day developmental milestone, eye and hearing screening at Goed Intent Health Centre in Region 3. The Early year’s development screening aims to capture as soon as possible children who are or might be at risk for any developmental delays, visual difficulty or impairment as well as children with hearing problems or ear waxes. Once detected the team will refer the parent and their child guiding them on how and where to avail the early intervention services through the Rehab Services at West Demerara Regional Hospital.
A total of sixty nine children were successfully screened focusing between age group of one month to three years as well as up to six years. Results of the screening are as follows:
- Children found with one or more milestone delay- 9 children (referred to Rehab)
- Parent who were advice how do early stimulation activities at home: 15 children
- Children with ear wax- 9 children
- Children who needs further hearing assessment: 12 children (referred to Audiology Department)
- Children with visual concern (ptosis, esophoria and cysts)- 4 children
- Children who need further visual assessments: 3 children (referred to Eye care)
- Children who referred for milestone screening: 9 children (either by rehab or the health centre)
This activity empowers parents to talk more about their child’s capability, the things they can and cannot do, ask question and acquire knowledge through advices on age base activities so that parent can stimulate their child’s milestone development in their day-to-day activities at home. Also with this continues efforts the team seeks to provide capacity building to nurses and community health workers in early detection of milestone delay thus preventing full bloom disability later in life.
The Early Identification & Intervention team comprises professionals from the Rehab Services: Ms. Erika Persaud, Sharon Miranjie, Shonnel Douglas & Sonia Greenidge. Audiology Practitioners Aleisha Richmond & Azrim Razack. Eye care Guyana: Mr. Gordon Marshall & Dr. Genalin Ang and VSO Early ID Adviser to Ministry of Health: Maria Sheena Villareal.
Feedback gathered from the parents: “Keep up the good work! Thank you we are now aware of the importance of monitoring our child’s development and to have vision and hearing screening.”; “I always come to this health centre and this is the first time I saw this kind of activity here. Please come more often”; “I’m happy to see better development in the clinic and for my child.”
Upcoming Early year’s developmental screening activity:
7th June Parika Health Centre Region 3;
2nd week June Sophia Health Centre Region 4