Northwest Authorities Recommend Enforcement of Laws to Prevent Hearing Loss

Northwest Authorities Recommend Enforcement of Laws to Prevent Hearing Loss

By Tina Ashiyo

Some authorities of the noise regulation sector in the Northwest Region have intimated that hearing loss resulting from loud noise can be mitigated if awareness is raised of its consequences. To them the enforcement of existing laws regulating loud noise is crucial. The recommendation was the substance of a regional policy dialogue on the ear and hearing care on April 6, 2022, at the Baptist Center, Nkwen.

The dialogue was organized by the CBC Health Services within the context of the CBM funded Ear and hearing care Project. Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, Director of Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services greeting participants said in line with the World Hearing Day (WHD) 2022 theme, the CBC Health Services thought it wise to bring together key regional stakeholders to reflect on legislation regarding non-occupational noise, potential consequences of hearing loss, integration of ear and hearing care in school health and regional healthcare strategy as well as the promotion of neonatal ear screening, and availability of assistive devices to people with hearing loss. This year’s WHD theme is “To hear for life, listen with Care”, Two-panel discussions were the high point of the dialogue. One on “Legislation regarding non- occupational noise, awareness-raising on the potential consequences of hearing loss” was moderated by Dr. Fondoh Richard, Administrator of the North West Regional Fund for Health Promotion. Following a very insightful discussion, panel one concluded that there was the need for enforcement of existing laws by stakeholders and for the population to be informed about existing legislation for them to report experiences of deafening noise.

The second panel focused on the integration of ear and hearing care in school health and regional healthcare strategy, promotion of neonatal ear screening, and availability of assistive devices to people with hearing loss, moderated by Prof. Tih Pius, the panelist underlined strides made in identifying learners with hearing impairments. They emphasized the need for CBC Health Services to continue providing technical support for hearing assessment in schools.

Equally, they​ recommended awareness-raising, schools, and community screenings, as hearing loss preventive measures. It is worth noting that the expected outcomes of the discussions will inform major advocacy interventions in the Ministry of Public Health, local stakeholders, and all the other relevant actors including the community for better hearing care and prevention. The regional policy dialogue which was presided over by Nkenfack Fabian, Chief of General Affairs at the North West Governor’s Office, representing the Governor of the North West Region was attended by some regional Delegates, representative of the state council, Administrators of some CBC Health Services facilities, City and Local Council Officials.

recommended awareness-raising, schools, and community screenings, as hearing loss preventive measures. It is worth noting that the expected outcomes of the discussions will inform major advocacy interventions in the Ministry of Public Health, local stakeholders, and all the other relevant actors including the community for better hearing care and prevention. The regional policy dialogue which was presided over by Nkenfack Fabian, Chief of General Affairs at the North West Governor’s Office, representing the Governor of the North West Region was attended by some regional Delegates, representative of the state council, Administrators of some CBC Health Services facilities, City and Local Council Officials.