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Caution on Ear, Nose, Throat Ailment

Caution on Ear, Nose, Throat Ailment
AHAS Hearing Aid Services consulting audiometrist Nasif Mohammed (left) fixing a hearing aid on Baram Chand as Labasa Lions Club project director Hazeem Hussein looks upon at Savilla House in Labasa on January 12. Photo:Shratika Naidu
January 13
11:00 2018

We realised  that there was a urgent need of medical attention in areas where there is hearing problem and when I met Mr Mohammed in Sydney, Australia, I requested if he could volunteer to help, Mr Hussein says.

 

During a sight first and audiometrist programme at Savilla House in Labasa yesterday, Mr Nasif Mohammed of AHAS Hearing Aid Services consulting audiometrist said sinuses, tonsillitis, mumps and throat infections must be taken care of and people must also focus on hygiene and sanitation.

“People in Fiji need to take ear, nose and throat health seriously,” said Mr Mohammed.

“The common problem I have found out is that there is lack of awareness.

“We have conducted this programme in Ba and Suva and now in Labasa and we have seen that there are many in the older age groups with hearing problems.”

He said some were due to an infection problem which has not been looked into by themselves or by family members for a prolonged period of time.

“It could be because they don’t have money to see a specialist or they are not serious about their health,” he said.

“The other major factor that could be the cause of a hearing problem is noise.”

He said he had seen cases of retired employees who have worked in a noisy environment in the 80s and 90s, where the use of machines such as at sawmills has affected their health.

He requested the recipients of hearing aid to make use of it and not put it inside a cupboard for decoration since they have provided it for free.

Lions Club of Labasa s project director Hazeem Hussein said this was the first time the club organised this project with the support of the  Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation.

“We realised that there was an urgent need of medical attention in areas where there is a hearing problem and when I met Mr Mohammed in Sydney, Australia, I requested if he could volunteer to help,” Mr Hussein said.

“He is originally from Ba and had a desire to return Fiji to help his people and I would like to thank him for the many sacrifices he has made to make this programme possible.

“I would also like to Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation for their support and Sonic Australia for providing the hearing aid at a cheaper price.”

Meanwhile, Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said the foundation gave $22,500 to the Lions Club Labasa for this project.

“A total of 63 people (27 in Ba and 36 in Suva) were screened whilst ten were given hearing aids and the rest will receive theirs later,” Ms Devi said.

As for Labasa, the programme was for two days and the target was to screen around 50 people.

The cost of each screening together with the hearing aid is $1000.

A total of $10,000 worth of hearing aids was provided immediately and $20,000 worth will be sent later from Australia.

There were lots of wax found during screening and the audiometrist  said that it’s important that people take care of their ears to avoid hard to hearing problems.

The total cost of the project was about $80,000.

Baram Chand, 59, of Bulileka, Labasa were among the few recipients to receive a hearing aid.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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