Government support is needed for the prevention of hearing loss, early detection and other interventions.
The Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) made this call in a communique issued at the end of its Annual General Conference held in Abuja on Thursday.
The communique was signed by Prof. Onyekwere Nwaorgu, the President of Pan African Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (PAFOS) and just past President of ORLSON, also Prof. Titus Ibekwe, just past Secretary of ORLSON.
The society said that this kind of strategies should contain hearing screening programmes and implementation of legislation against noise pollution.
The society applauded the Federal Government for establishing technical committee to form the Nigerian National Strategic Policy on Ear and Hearing Care.
However, it encouraged the government to implement legislation against preventable risks of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) diseases.
It further advised the public to accept the habit of early presentation of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) cases to specialists for good management.
The society promised commitment to guarantee the production of very specialised workforce for Otorhinolaryngology exercise in the country.
It recognized the conference as part of efforts by ORLSON to lead the cause of elevating and advancing Otorhinolaryngology Practice in Nigeria to strive positively with global best practices.
However, The communique, asked government to aid training and research, and to create more National Ear Care Centres (NECCs), not less than one in each geopolitical zone.
Communique noted that the “government should encourage and establish suitable training programmes for the development of human resources in the field of ear and hearing care.
“It is desirable that government funds researches to determine national prevalence of common ORL diseases in Nigeria.
“Government should support and fund cochlear implant surgery programmes and also encourage programmes that will improve availability and accessibility of diagnostic and adjunct therapeutic tools in the country.”
The communique recognized new leadership of ORLSON as Prof. Abubakar Salisu (President) and Dr Aliyu Kodiya as Secretary.
The AGM theme was ‘’Manpower Development for Otorhinolaryngology Practice in Nigeria: Time for Subspecialist Training”, and “Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation in Nigeria and Emerging Infections in Otorhinolaryngology” as sub theme.