An Ear Camp is Needed
The village of Nirmalpokhari straddles a ridge on a hillside to the south of Pokhara. The only way to reach it is by a rough dirt road. There is a primary school and a small government health post, but not much else. Getting a simple hearing test would mean travelling to the city.
Life is hard in places like this because money is short and working hours are long. So people were grateful when an INF team of ear specialists arrived in Nirmalpokhari. They set up in the school and started to receive patients.
Ears to hear
Three doctors and two audiologist were part of the team. They did basic ear checks and found a range of problems from deafness caused by ears blocked with wax, to painful infections requiring antibiotics. Several patients were in need of hearing aids. The team saw as many people as they could and referred those who needed follow-up treatment or surgery to INF’s Ear Centre in Pokhara.
The camp was a great success but it highlighted the lack of basic ear care available to people, especially children. INF is now considering a future visit to work with the local health post to improve ear care.
INF works in partnership with Ear Aid Nepal.
We are grateful to God:
- that so many people were helped at this latest Ear Camp and that more people now have "ears to hear"
- that those patients referred to the hospital will be able to attend to get the treatment they need
- for opportunities to train up local health post staff so they can deal with simple ear problems
- for wisdom in finding a way forward for screening babies for hearing loss