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FG inaugurates technical working group for ear treatment

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated a Technical Working Group, TWG, for ear care and hearing health in Nigeria. 

While inaugurating the group recently in Abuja, Adewole 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 developed a public school for ear/hearing screening program targeting one million students in Nigeria saying; "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 the federal government’s commitment towards their task; pointing out that the group was expected to complete its assignment within four 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 spelled out terms of reference for the TWG to include: to develop a National Ear Health Policy, and National Strategic Plans for Ear Care in Nigeria, adding that the technical working group should make efforts to fast-track the process with a view to developing and implementing the screening plan for ears screening in public schools across the country. 

In his address, the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Amedu, said that members of the TWG were specialists in the field of ear care and hearing health. He observed that there was a need for the group to fast-track all activities towards achieving results for the betterment of Nigerians.  

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