Cochlear LASUTH conducts 10 successful implant surgeries

He said, ``Cochlear is implant, an electronic medical device that replaces the function of damaged inner ear.

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Dr Wale Oke, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, on Monday said the institution had conducted 10 successful cochlear implant surgeries.

Oke, who made the disclosure at a news briefing in Lagos, said that the surgeries were sponsored by the Lagos State Government.

He said, ``Cochlear is implant, an electronic medical device that replaces the function of damaged inner ear.

``It is an implant that is fixed in the ear after which the patient will be able to hear very well.

``We are happy to inform the public that LASUTH Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors had successfully carried out eight surgeries at a stretch.’’

Also speaking, Dr Bola Adekoya, the Head of ENT and a Consultant in the hospital, said that 16 implant surgeries had been performed so far in the hospital.

``Two were sponsored and conducted in 2014, another eight were sponsored by the Lagos State Government and six others by private individuals.

``We urged government at all levels, Churches, Mosques and non-governmental organisations to help more people by sponsoring their surgeries," he said.

Another ENT consultant at LASUTH, Dr Olawale Olubi, advised parents to take their children suspected to have hearing impairment for early screening to prevent deafness later in life.

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