The Federal Government, through the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole says it has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) on Ear Care and Hearing Healthcare.
When inaugurating the committee on Friday in Abuja, the minister tasked members of the group to develop a national strategic plan that would improve the ear care of Nigerians.
“The relationship between hearing and speaking cannot be overemphasised,’’ the minister said.
Adewole also told the group to come up with plans and pathways that are realistic towards reducing preventable hearing losses, improving access to hearing health professionals, and provision of rehabilitative services to the hearing impaired.
He assured the group of government commitment towards their task which is expected to be completed within four months.
The minister informed that the Starkey Hearing Foundation had graciously agreed to sponsor the group activities to ensure timely completion of the national assignment.
The group is expected to develop a national ear health policy, develop a national strategic plan for ear care, as well as developing and implementing the screening plan for ear screening in public schools across the country.
The Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Amedu, had earlier said that the group consisted of specialists in the field of Ear Care and Hearing Health.
Responding on behalf of the TWG, Co-Chairman and Director, Global Health Research and Starkey Hearing Foundation, Dr Luqman Lawal, expressed their readiness for the task ahead.
He assured of timely completion on their mandate.