Hope For Deaf Nigerians: Ear Centre To Commence Cochlear Implant Surgeries

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Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the National Ear Care Centre, Dr. Mustapha Abubakar Yaro

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

In its quest at ensuring world class services are provided in Nigeria, the National Ear Care Centre would soon commence cochlear implant surgeries, which will enable deaf people to begin to hear at the centre.
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the National Ear Care Centre, Dr. Mustapha Abubakar Yaro disclosed this during an exclusive interview with our correspondent at his office on Monday.
According to him, even though the surgeries are expensive and cost up to eight million Naira each, the centre would seek partnership with government, corporate organizations and public spirited individuals in ensuring Nigerians benefit from the modern breakthrough in medicine.
Speaking further, he disclosed that the surgeries would be done in collaboration with Indians who have advanced in the procedure and conduct same in their country daily.
“With the cochlear implant surgery, even a person that is born deaf can begin to hear. When I was Director Medical Services in Katsina State, the state government sponsored three patients for the surgery and it was very successful. Till date they can now hear,” he said.
The CMD stressed that with the commencement of cochlear implant surgery, a lot of medical tourism, which the nation’s scarce foreign reserves is used for, would become a thing of the past.

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