As an offshoot of the previous Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria (ORLSON) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held a year ago in Calabar, Cross River state during which the improvement of training and provision of manpower at rural level in Nigeria for Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) practice was discussed in order to meet the needs of individuals who cannot access urban health facilities, this year’s AGM focused on the theme: ‘Innovations in Otorhinolaryngology’ with the subthemes:
- New technologies and approaches to quality of life issues
- Ear, nose and throat/Head and neck surgery support services
- International collaboration and community ORL
ORLSON is demonstrating once again her commitment to the advancement of ORL practice in Nigeria to meet global best practices.
The keynote address titled ‘The computer, the internet and todays Otorhinolaryngologist’ was presented by Dr. J. O. Olabisi FRCS, FWACS, FMCORL.
Alongside other indigenous participants, this conference particularly had international participants from the World Hearing Center, Kajetany, Poland, Cochlear, Switzerland and PATH Medical GmBH, Germany.
At the end of this rewarding AGM, the following were unanimously agreed and passed;
- ORLSON is fully committed to ensuring the unresolved advancement of ORL practice in Nigeria in order to meet global best practices.
- The postgraduate colleges have included various innovations in ORL practice in the curricula of their Faculties; this is a welcome development and has the support of ORLSON in its continued implementation.
- Government should support our society and appoint a representative (Desk Officer for deafness) at the Federal Ministry of Health.
- The government is encouraged to ensure strict implementation of the legislations against avoidable risks to hearing health.
- We repeat our previous calls that Government should establish more Ear Care Centers – one in each geopolitical zone while expanding the headquarters in Kaduna and ensure that a senior member of the ORLSON is appointed chairman and member of the board of management of all national ear care centers.
- We encourage government funded researches towards the determination of national prevalence of common ORL diseases in Nigeria.
- ORLSON has noticed a differential in fees charged for procedures as fixed by the National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS) with some ENT procedures priced very low. ORLSON is calling for uniformity in the fees for the same/similar procedures when carried out by different specialties.
Dr (Mrs) Oluwatoyin Akinlade Dr A M Kodiya
President Acting Secretary
Dr A Imogu