Last month’s CyTA ‘Santa Run’ in Limassol raised €15,000 in aid of the Centre for Preventive Paediatrics’ screening programme for neonatal hearing, the telecoms company said on Friday.
The money was handed over to Dr Argyris Argyrou, the head f the centre at a ceremony in Limassol on Thursday. He described it as a lifeline in a very difficult economic period “and gives the centre the opportunity to continue its work”.
The neonatal infant hearing programme has been in around since 2004 and is free to all newborns aiming at early detection and diagnosis of hearing loss. Between 8,000 and 10,000 infants are screen every year, and around 20 cases of hearing problems are diagnosed early on.
Tests are done in all main towns covering all infants born either in government or private hospitals. CyTA has been supporting the programme since its inception.
Last year was the second CyTA Santa Run in aid of the charity and around 1,000 participated.