“We are happy to inform the public that LASUTH ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors had successfully carried out eight surgeries at a stretch” Dr Oke remarked.
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja has recorded 10 cochlear implants surgeries. Cochlear implant is a small and complex electronic device that can help provide a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf . The implant does not restore normal hearing abilities but instead can help a deaf person represent sounds in the environment and interpret them.
Dr Oke the chief medical director of LASUTH said to newsmen that the Lagos state government had sponsored the surgeries.
Dr Bola Adekoya,the head of ENT in the hospital noted that 16 implant surgeries had been conducted so far, 8 were sponsored by the government and other by private individuals. He urged Leaders even of non- governmental organizations to help in sponsoring the surgeries as this will be of great encouragement.
Parent were also advised to take children suspected to have hearing impairment for early screening to prevent absolute deafness in the future.