Hearing loss affects 80,000 Fijians at some point in their lives – Dr Fong

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Hearing loss affects 80,000 Fijians at some point in their lives – Dr Fong

The Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong, has confirmed that hearing loss affects 80,000 Fijians at some point in their lives.

Dr. Fong says this places a heavy medical burden on individuals, families and the community and most of these cases can be prevented through awareness, identification and early intervention.

He highlighted this at the World Hearing Day symposium on ear and hearing care currently taking place at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

He says this symposium brings together essential stakeholders who can collaborate to foster a holistic approach to addressing issues related to deafness and hearing loss prevention.

Dr. Fong says he also understands that the reach of ear and hearing care extends beyond health services and into education, communication and other support networks that help people with hearing loss, their families and their communities.

Dr Fong added that the ministry hopes to establish a long term sustainable plan for the provision of high quality ear and hearing care services to all Fijians throughout their lives.

Dr Fong adds that multi-sectoral collaboration will ensure that the plans and strategies they put in place will ultimately lead to the prevention of hearing loss and the provision of appropriate support for people with hearing loss, thereby minimizing the impact on health of the person concerned, social and economic well-being.

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