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Nigeria launches National Policy on Ear

The Nigerian government has launched Ear and Hearing Care, EHC, policy guideline and a five-year Strategic Health plan.

The policy proposes a comprehensive and evidence based interventions to prevent, identify, rehabilitate and support persons with hearing loss.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said the policy was launched to tackle ear diseases in Nigeria.

To have a coordinated National response to EHC in Nigeria, Professor Adewole said a Technical Working Group was inaugurated in September, 2018 to develop a National Policy and strategic plan to the Ear and hearing care activities in the country and within two months the report was ready and I am grateful to the group.

Professor Adewole however called on all stakeholders to ensure that this National Policy and five year strategic plan for Ear and Hearing care in the country achieves it’s desired goals.

I call on all stakeholders to participate in the implementation of this strategic plan and translate the document into concrete actions that will impact on all Nigerians so that we can move towards achieving our vision of Healthy ears and hearing for every Nigerian, the minister said.

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (1), and 34 million of these are children. Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing. It says half of all cases of hearing loss can be prevented through public health measures.

Source: Voice of Nigeria