NHM Congratulates Two Specially Abled Artists on the Occasion of World Hearing Day

Report: Sarpreet Kaur

Port Blair, March 11: As Roger Crawford once said, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” We have such an example of two boys in our beautiful city of Port Blair who has displayed the idea of how individual challenges are fickle when you have immense willpower and determination to seek the wonders of the world. Kunal Bepari is a cochlear Implant candidate and Palash is a bilateral hearing aid user. These two gems having highly impaired hearing and all the communication is done by them is through sign language. They are currently undergoing sign language training along with periodic hearing assessments.

They are a part of the Ability Arts Club and carry out art projects on regular basis in varied places in the Andaman Islands. To felicitate their talent of wall painting and to salute their determination, the Additional MD (NHM) congratulated them on World Hearing Day. World Hearing Day is held on the 3rd of March every year to create awareness about the prevention of hearing loss and also aims to promote hearing care across the world.

The 2021 theme on World Hearing Day was “Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate” This year WHO strongly recommended a call for action to detect early signs of hearing loss, create mass awareness about hearing care and hygiene. It was also proposed to all the countries to bring out cost-effective methods for benefit of people and integrate hearing problems under the umbrella of universal health coverage. Such steps by the administration of felicitating the young minds give hope and create awareness among the masses.