From our Bureau
GOLAGHAT/JORHAT/TEZPUR March 3: World Hearing Day was observed in Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital (SKKCH) on Saturday.
In this regard, a rally was taken out from the hospital campus which was iugurated by Dr Ratul Chandra Bordoloi, Joint Director of Health Services, in the presence of Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Uttam Dutta, Deputy Superintendent Dr Anta Baruah, District Nodal Officer for tiol Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD), senior medical officers and district media persons. The students of GNM Training Centre, Golaghat participated in the rally.
Likewise, World Hearing Day was observed at all the Block Primary Health Centres (BPHC) of the Jorhat district under the tiol Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD), said NHM sources. The day was celebrated with awareness meeting and screening camp for various ear-related diseases and deafness in the presence of ENT specialists at the respective BPHCs. The specialists gave thorough training to the ASHA and ASHA supervisors present on the occasion. Some of the BPHCs were Bhogamukh, Holmora, Baghchung, Titabor, Kakojan, kachari and Kamalabari.
Further, with the aim to raise awareness of the general public about hearing loss and to offer various possibilities for prevention through appropriate ear care, World Hearing Day was observed at the Tezpur Kaklata Civil Hospital premises on Saturday. The programme was organized by District Health Society, Sonitpur. The awareness programme was attended by retired Professor and social worker, Dr Purneswar th, Dr Krish Kampai, Joint Director, Sonitpur, Dr Rini Duwara, Superintendent, Kaklata Civil Hospital, Tezpur, ENT specialist, Dr Tilak Bhatta, Dr Bijoy P Das and Dr Jeri zrin, president and secretary of IMA, Tezpur Chapter, Dr L Bhuyan and Dr Dipen Mahanta, Dr S Ray and among others.
Attending the programme as a special invitee, Dr Purneswar th emphasized that hearing loss and ear disease could be avoided through prevention. By identifying hearing loss through screening of newborns, school children at an early stage and then carrying out their treatment at the beginning stage through primary healthcare interventions, including immunizing children against diseases such as meningitis, rubella measles and immunizing adolescent girls of reproductive age against rubella to reduce risk of congenital hearing loss. He further added that parents and teachers need to play a vital role in educating their children and taking care about safe listening and monitoring their exposure to loud noise such as persol audio devices. Such information should also be part of their health education curriculum. He also said prevention of harm from exposure to loud sound could be avoided by limiting the time engaged in noisy activities, keeping the volume down, using carefully fitted buds, wearing ear plugs, rehabilitation through hearing devices, captioning and sign language education and regular hearing check-ups, he added.