MOH inaugurates Ear Care Technical Working Group

By Rita
Adjeley Adjei/Lilliana Owusu–Akyem, GNA

Accra, Sept. 18, GNA – The Ministry of Health
(MoH) in partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation has inaugurated the
technical working group for the development of a National Strategic Plan on ear
and hearing health.

The working group chaired by Nana Kwabena
Adjei-Mensah, MOH Acting Chief Director, had Professor Emmanuel Kitcher,
Co-Chair Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant, University of Ghana Medical
School; Dr Mohammed Duah, ENT Consultant, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,
Kumasi; and Dr Michael Damah, Senior ENT Specialist Tamale Teaching Hospital,
Tamale as members.

Others included; Mr Clement Amponsah,
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Audiology, Speech and Language Therapy,
School of Biomedcical and Allied Health Sciences; and Mrs Jemima Fynn, Deputy
Chief Audiologist, Hearing Assessment Centre, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Dr Luqman Lawal, Director Global Health and
Research, Starkey Hearing Foundation; and Dr Christian Laryea, Consultant
Paediatrician, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Nana Adjei-Mensah, explained that the
technical working group has been mandated to develop a five-year National
Policy and Strategic Plan for Ear Care and Hearing health in Ghana by the end
of 2018; and to develop a plan for community-based hearing care services.

The mandate also includes the establishment of
a baseline for hearing health care.

Dr Lawal, speaking at the inauguration said,
the mandate of the working group, falls under the research and policy advocacy
of Starkey Hearing Foundation.

He said, the foundation was the leading ear
care organisation in the world with programmes in about 62 countries and was
based in United States of America with its headquarters in Minnesota.

Dr Lawal added that, the foundation had come
to Ghana to support financially and technically in the development of the
national strategic plan in ear care and hearing health.

He said Starkey was divided into three
divisions: service delivery, which distributes hearing aids and screening;
training in capacity building for primary, secondary, and tertiary levels; and
research in policy advocacy.

Dr Lawal stated that people should pay
attention to hearing impairment just like how they pay attention to AIDS,
Tuberculosis and malaria.

GNA

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