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Mrs Buhari urges preventive measures for hearing loss

The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has charged medical authorities in the country to ensure the provision of adequate diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services in hospitals across the country, in order to reduce the number of Nigerians with hearing disabilities.

She made this charge while speaking at an event organized by the State House Clinic, Abuja, to mark the World Hearing Day.

“The populace must be encouraged to prevent themselves by going for regular screening, and rehabilitating themselves through hearing devices,” she said.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s event ‘ACTION FOR HEARING LOSS: MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT’, Mrs. Buhari drew attention to the fact that taking action is indeed an investment, because hearing loss has economic repercussions, as well as significant impact on the lives of those affected.

Mrs. Buhari was represented by the wife of the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mrs. Mairo Tanko Almakura.

Caution

Earlier, the President of the Oto – Rhino – Laryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON), the umbrella organization for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists, Professor Nwaorgu, advocated that neonatal hearing screening should be made mandatory in all health facilities, to ensure that babies with hearing loss or predisposed to hearing loss are

identified early.

He also identified noise as an increasing source of hearing loss, citing chronic exposure to moderate sounds as very dangerous to the ear.

Professor Nwaorgu therefore, called for regulation on noise emission, control and abatement, to preserve and maintain public health; specifically citing noise originating from industrial, commercial, domestic, sport, recreational, transportation or similar activities.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Medical Director, National Hospital Abuja, Dr. Jack Momoh, Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr. Jalal Arabi, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media/Publicity, Mr. Femi among others.

Source: Voice of Nigeria