Rotary Club donates four audiometers to Health sector

first_img Share Share (L-R) Adina Bellot-Valentine, Nurse DeAnne Graham, Dr. Martin Christmas, Marvlyn Birmingham ang Glen Ducreay at Wednesday’s presentation ceremonyThe Rotary Club of Dominica in keeping with their mandate of providing service above self has collaborated with two local companies to donate four audiometers to the Ministry of Health.An audiometer is a standard equipment which is used for evaluating hearing or the loss thereof and is an essential tool for the ministry particularly in assessing students ability to hear and whether they need hearing aids.Rotary Club President Marvlyn Birmingham told the presentation ceremony on Wednesday that the project began after she was informed by the mother of a “particularly challenged young woman” that her daughter needed replacement hearing aid but she was unable to meet the cost of the device.As a result Birmingham “networked and partnered” with Dr. Susan King of the Ross University School of Medicine to source hearing aid for that young lady and later to bring a “hearing mission” to Dominica. AC Shillingford & Company Limited and New India Assurance donated one audiometer while DOMLEC donated four to the Rotary Club’s “Touching Lives with the Gift of Hearing” project.Nurse DeAnne Graham who is responsible for administering the screening tests in the primary health program commended the Club and the sponsors for the donation as they have been unable to conduct screening for three years due to a lack of audiometers.“We have been really looking forward to having these audiometers. Every year all over the island, the school health care program which is the primary health program, we screen children for hearing in addition to other areas for vision and growth and so on. Over the last three years we have been unable to do so”.Audiometers which will be dsitrubuted to Marigot, Castle Bruce and La Plaine health districts.Nurse Graham also underscored the pertinence of the audiometers as “every year after screening we have approximately 3% of our children failing the screening” in the Roseau district.“We are almost on our third year and many of these children have fallen through the cracks and we know what poor hearing can do to the school child; it can really affect the way they learn and this is just Roseau three years almost, the other six health districts, many of them have been without a screening audiometer for many years”.Manager of AC Shillingford Glen Ducreay noted his company’s delight in partnering with the Club to “give back to customers and by extension the community”. “Being able to hear is critical to the process of living one’s life to the fullest. In developing countries like ours the burden of hearing impairment is estimated to be twice as large as in developing countries probably because of a lack of audiometers to identify the problem, therefore untreated ear infections continue to plague our lives. This service justifies our donation of an audiometer to the health sector in Dominica,” Ducreay said. DOMLEC’s Communications and Marketing Manager Adina Bellot-Valentine whose company sponsored three audiometers explained that her company “had no hesitations in pledging support to this timely gesture” having heard the “telling story of a young man who was able to hear for the first time through the intervention of the Rotary Club”. Director of Primary Health Care Services and Rotarian Dr. Martin Christmas who accepted the audiometers on behalf of the Ministry of Health noted the importance of health care particularly hearing and commended both businesses and the Rotary Club for the donation.Rotary Club President Marvlyn Birmingham also announced that AC Shillingford/New India Assurance requested that the audiometer which they donated go towards the Roseau health district and the others will be distributed one each to the Marigot, Castle Bruce and La Plaine health districts.The cost of one machine is estimated at US$15, 000.00Dominica Vibes News 146 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Rotary Club donates four audiometers to Health sector by: – May 2, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse wins 14-13 overtime thriller over No. 6 Florida, snaps 2-game losing streak

first_img Published on March 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse attack Riley Donahue settled her right foot on the left hash of the 8-meter arc for a free position. Her stick sat in her hands with the head to her left as she twirled it. Four Florida defenders all stared at her.But they should have been staring at SU midfielder Kelly Cross.Cross sat alone on the right hash of the 8-meter arc. When the referee blew the whistle, Donahue sent a high pass to Cross, who slid the ball between UF’s goalie and the post. A grin spread on Cross’ face and teammates hugged her to celebrate the goal.The game-winning goal with just over two minutes left in overtime cemented a 14-13, comeback win for No. 5 SU (6-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) over No. 6 Florida (6-2) on Tuesday night in Gainesville, Florida. The Orange rode the final eight minutes of the game to snap its two-game losing streak. Cross tallied a career-high five points for SU, scoring four goals and dishing one assist on a night when UF held Kayla Treanor to no shots and one assist.SU had to overcome a 10-minute game of keep-away by Florida. Gator midfielder Nicole Graziano scored with just over 12 minutes left in regulation to give UF a 13-12 lead. After the Gators won the ensuing draw, they held the ball for 10 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU was given two yellow cards for fouls committed by Brenna Rainone and Haley McDonnell.With just under two minutes left, a Florida turnover behind the net found was picked up by SU goalie Kelsey Richardson and head coach Gary Gait called a timeout.Attack Halle Majorana took advantage on the other end, splitting two UF defenders, shooting while falling and bouncing in a goal. Her teammates circled around her as she got up to celebrate the game-tying goal.SU managed to prevent the Gators from scoring a goal during overtime and Cross’ goal finished off the comeback.The Orange continues its three-game road trip on Saturday against Harvard at 7 p.m. in Deland, Florida.Compiled by Chris Libonati, staff writer, Commentslast_img read more