UoN and KNH commemorate World Hearing Day
Date and time: 
Mon, 2018-03-05 14:06
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KNH

World Hearing Day 2018 commemoration.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital commemorated the World Hearing Day on 2nd March, 2018.

The day is celebrated annually on 3rd March to raise awareness among the general public and policy makers about hearing and ear diseases but UoN and KNH decided to celebrate it earlier. The theme for this year’s event was: Hear the future.

In his address at the event held at KNH, Dr. Peter Masinde, head of ENT at the KNH urged parents to be cautious with the ears of their children and always take them for vaccinations to avoid hearing problems which can be caused by some diseases.

“Avoid slapping children on ears and ensure that they are taken for regular ear check-up to help early detection and intervention of any hearing problem,” Dr. Masinde said.

According to Dr. Masinde, KNH and UoN have taken the lead in teaching and training of specialists in who have continued to offer services to many patients across the country.

His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Peter Mugwe, the thematic head ENT from the Department of Surgery who said UoN plays a lead role in training of ear specialists and Audiologists for countries in the East African region and beyond.

“We are developing programs that will enable us meet the needs of the patients. These includes programs starting from diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate,” Dr. Mugwe said.                     

UoN also offers short certificate courses related to Ear and Hearing Health such as Temporal Bone dissection course and Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment.

Prof.  Macharia gave the speech on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to WHO, disabling hearing loss affects people in many ways. It impacts on a person's ability to communicate, socialize, learn, work and enjoy life, contributing to poverty, social isolation and feelings of loneliness. In older people in particular, hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline, increasing the risk of depression and dementia. Unaddressed hearing loss costs countries an estimated US$ 750 billion annually in direct health costs and loss of productivity.

 UoN, KNH, MOH, WHO and other stakeholders formulated two main policy documents that were launched in August 2016, they are; The MOH National strategy for ear and hearing care and MOH policy guideline and protocols on establishment and management of ear and hearing care.

Chairperson Operation Ear Drop Kenya Chimmy Olende noted that WHO statistics indicate that there are 466 million around the world with hearing problems and the number could rise to 630 million in 2030 and even rise further to 900 million by 2050 if appropriate measures are not put in place to solve the issue.

She said OED has continued to provide assistance to people with hearing loss in Kenya by conducting rural outreach programs across the country and they will stick to that commitment.

She said that as an organization, they will spearhead the marking of this day to ensure that it is celebrated across the country and not only in Nairobi.

During the event, ear specialists and other health professionals from UoN and KNH conducted free hearing screening, treatment of ear diseases and Ear and hearing health education to patients who had different ear problems.  

Also present at the event was Dr. Serah Ndegwa from the Department of Surgery, University of Nairobi.

The event was sponsored by Kenyatta National Hospital, UoN, Operation Eardrop (K) and Christoffel Blinden Mission Kenya (CBM).

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Expiry Date: 
Sun, 2024-03-31 14:06