Deaf women to Nigerian men: We are wife materials like others, ready for marriage 

Women living with hearing impairment in Niger state have appealed to men who are looking for life partners, to seek their hands in marriage, as the condition will not prevent them from building a healthy family.

The women spoke through their leader, Salamatu Hammed, during the celebration for this year’s World Hearing Day Sunday in Minna.

Ms Hammed urged men not to neglect deaf women, saying “We are marriage materials like any other woman.”

She called on all eligible men to feel free to approach any deaf woman for marriage, adding, “We are like any other woman who gives birth to normal children.”

She called on all tiers of government to employ interpreters at all public health institutions in the state to enable people with hearing problems to have access to quality health care.

Ms Hammed said, “I was not born as a deaf child, but I started having problems after an operation during delivery which affected my voice. I can hear but lost my voice as a result of the operation carried out on me to bring out my baby.”

She said that none of her children has a hearing problem, confirming that those women with hearing impairment can still give birth to normal children.

In his presentation, an expert on Audiology, Sidi Maku, permanent secretary, Special Duties, in the state Ministry of Health and Hospital Services, lamented the neglect of persons with hearing challenges in the country.

Dr Maku said people with hearing impairment are few but neglected, praying to God to grant succour to those with the problem.

“You may not appreciate until you see someone who cannot hear, so that is why we are here to celebrate it. The deaf may not know anything happening around them,” he said.

He warned that hearing impairment can be caused by listening to loud music or slapping toddlers on their ears.