Ear care and hearing health has gotten a boost in Nigeria. This is even as the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has advocated for the development of a National Strategic Plan on Ear Health Care and Community Based Hearing Healthcare programs which would improve the ear care of Nigerians.
He stated this while inaugurating a Technical Working Group (TWG) for ear care and hearing health in Nigeria, in Abuja, recently.
The group is expected to complete it assignment within 4 months.
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, according to him, “the relationship between hearing and speaking cannot be overemphasized.’’
Adewole charged 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.
The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the TWG, the Minister said included to develop a National Ear Health Policy, develop a National Strategic Plan for Ear Care and develop and implement the screening plan for ear screening in public schools across the country.