The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has successfully conducted 10 cochlear implant surgeries for less privileged Lagosians. Cochlear implant is an electronic device that replaces the function of damaged inner ear. Presenting the beneficiaries in Lagos, the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof David Adewale Oke said the surgeries were sponsored by the State Government.
Oke further explained that with the implant fixed in the ear, the patient will be able to hear very well. His words, We are happy to inform the public that LASUTH Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors had successfully carried out eight surgeries at a stretch.” “So far in LASUTH we have done 16 cases of cochlear implants of which six was sponsored by the affected victims, while the state government sponsored 10 residents.
Out of these beneficiaries, four were adults while six are children, five males and five females. Four were adults, six are children, five males and five females.” “It is a thing of joy that our own grown experts carried out these surgeries successfully.” The surgery, which is the 2nd in series cost the state government N70 million.
LASUTH in 2014 in collaboration with Cochlear Foundation in Germany carried out the first–ever cochlear implantation in the country.