By Henrietta Lucy Attah
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) for Ear Care and Hearing health in Nigeria.
A statement issued yesterday by Boade Akinola Director, Media and Public Relations in the ministry said the minister while inaugurating the Group recently in Abuja, tasked the TWG to develop a National Strategic Plan on Ear Health Care and Community Based Hearing Healthcare programs which would improve the Ear care of Nigerians, across the country.
He also said that there was need to identify centers where the care could be accessed and develop a Public School for Ear/ Hearing screening program targeting One million students in Nigeria because in his words ‘’ The relationship between hearing and speaking cannot be overemphasized’’
Adewole stressed the need for the Group to come up with actionable plan and pathways towards reducing preventable hearing losses, improving access to hearing health professionals, and provision of rehabilitative services to the hearing impaired.
He further assured the TWG of Federal Government’s commitment towards their task; pointing out that the Group was expected to complete it assignment within Four (4) Months.
The Minister informed that the Starkey Hearing Foundation had graciously agreed to sponsor the TWG activities to ensure timely Completion of the National Assignment.
He spelt out Terms of Reference (TOR) for the TWG to include: “development of a National Ear Health Policy; development of a National Strategic Plan for Ear Care and to develop and implement the screening plan for Ear screening in public schools across the country.