Monday, July 09, 2012
Havana.- The Cuban health system promotes the use of the cochlear implant to benefit people with hearing disabilities.
Over 200 patients have been treated with the procedure, including dozens who were deaf and blind.
This technology is extremely expensive in other countries and may get to cost 60,000 dollars; in Cuba, the implant is inserted in those patients with possibilities to adapt to it and the treatment is free of charge.
Special care for people with the abovementioned double disability started in Cuba in the 1990’s and nowadays, there is progress in the inclusion of those people in activities like education, work, sports, culture and recreation.
The first implant operation was performed 11 years ago and the person who received it can still hear.