Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) has called for the support of government on strategies for the prevention of hearing loss, early detection and interventions.
The society which made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its Annual General Conference held in Port Harcourt, River State, noted that such strategies should include hearing screening programmes as well as enforcement of legislation against noise pollution.
The society commended the federal government for constituting technical committee to produce the Nigerian National Strategic Policy on Ear and Hearing Care, while it however urged government to enforce legislations against avoidable risks of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) diseases.
It further urged the populace to embrace the culture of early presentations to Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists for their ear, nose and throat challenges to ensure good management outcome.
The society assured of commitment at ensuring production of highly specialised manpower.
for Otorhinolaryngology practice in the country.
It identified the conference as part of the efforts of ORLSON at championing the cause of uplifting and advancing Otorhinolaryngology Practice (ORL) in the country to compete favorably with global best practices.
The communiqué however urged government to support training and research, establishment of more National Ear Care Centres(NECCs), at least one in each geopolitical zone.
“Government should encourage and establish suitable training programmes for the development of human resources in the field of ear and hearing care.
“It is desirable that government funds researches towards determination of national prevalence of common ORL diseases in Nigeria.
“Government should support and fund cochlear implants surgery Programmes and also encourage programmes that will improve availability and accessibility of diagnostic and adjunct therapeutic tools,” it noted.
The communiqué identified new leadership of ORLSON as Prof. Abubakar Salisu, President and Dr. Aliyu Kodiya, Secretary.
The theme of the AGM is ‘‘Manpower development for Otorhinolaryngology practice in Nigeria: Time for subspecialist training’ Subthemes: Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation in Nigeria and Emerging infections in Otorhinolaryngology.”
The communiqué was signed by Prof. Onyekwere Nwaorgu, President Pan African Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (PAFOS) and immediate past President of ORLSON and Prof. Titus Ibekwe immediate past Secretary, ORLSON.
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