President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday opened the first university speech rehabilitation clinic in Cyprus operated by the Limassol-based University of Technology (Tepak).
The rehabilitation clinic, Anastasiades said, was a pioneering project as it was the first public clinic of its kind.
“The clinic will offer services to the public and, in particular, diagnostic and therapeutic speech therapy sessions for people of all ages who have communication impairments,” Anastasiades said.
He added that the clinic had research labs and uses state-of-the-art technology. The infrastructure of Tepak was expanding and covering a wide range of educational needs in the country.
The government fully endorsed this vision and supported the university’s initiatives which contributed to and broadened the development horizons of the country. He added, however, that the establishment of dynamic university institutions was just one factor of policy.
Most important was to achieve conditions of sustainable growth in the country, he said, “because only this will create new prospects, new jobs from which our graduates would be able to benefit”.
The speech rehabilitation clinic will be offering free treatment to those who are willing to receive medical care from Tepak’s students.
The clinic is geared to help people with speech problems as part of its undergraduate programme of speech therapy and speech pathology, the first such course at a public university in Cyprus.
According to Tepak, the clinic would be a training facility, providing students with a model of good practices that integrates educational and theoretical experience with clinical education.
Much like going to any doctor, patients will make an appointment and the clinic will also receive referrals from doctors, educators and other healthcare providers from all over Cyprus.
Even though the students will begin offering treatment from January 15, Tepak said that there was already a patient waiting list of a few months.