In the fall of 2013, Dr. Green and a few of his staff from Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute returned (or went for the first time!) to Nigeria to check up on their patients and train the medial community in Jos. In Part I, Dr. Green explained more about the work his team is doing. In this Q&A post with Dr. Green, learn about the cultural differences his team encountered.
Q: What is a major difference, medically, than in the United States?
A: There’s a lot of ignorance even within the medical community. For instance, in Nigeria, after you graduate from medical school, you go to a village and provide medical care for a year. You’re fresh out of medical school and doing some fairly advanced types of things, and that’s tough to do. And basically, there’s no medical liability, so people …
In the fall of 2013, Dr. Green and a few of his staff from Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute returned (or went for the first time!) to Nigeria to check up on their patients and train the medial community in Jos. In these two Q&A posts with Dr. Green, find out about the work conducted during the trip as well as the cultural differences his team encountered.
Q: What have you been doing in Nigeria on most of your trips?
A: We’ve been seeing potential patients whom we could bring to Florida for surgery; getting the lab established; setting up the Internet and teleconferences; often it’s basic administrative stuff like that.
Q: You mentioned the lab. What is involved in setting up the lab?
A: Well, the lab is going to be named for Dr. Jack Hough, of Oklahoma City, OK. He was the …
Samuel is examining a 43 year old retroviral disease patient who was admitted 8 days ago and is being managed for CCF secondary to DCM. He is examining her heart listening for heart sounds and murmur. She has a pan-systolic murmur grade II/IV. Photo provided by: Samuel Ochenehi, March 15, 2013.
Samuel Ochenehi with a patient
Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment
Posted on 6th April, by admin in All Blog Posts, Hearing Loss. No Comments
With primary prevention, early diagnosis and suitable management, a large percentage of cases involving deafness or hearing impairment can be avoided. Early detection and treatment in babies and children can prevent problems with language development and academic progress. Depending on the cause, hearing loss can be treated surgically, medically or with the use of hearing aids or implantable devices.
Social and Economic Burdens of Hearing Impairment
Posted on 3rd April, by admin in All Blog Posts, Hearing Loss. No Comments
For individuals with hearing impairment, the social and economic burden of care can be heavy on their families, friends and communities. For children, hearing impairment can delay the development of language and cognitive skills, which can hinder progress in school. And for adults, hearing impairment often makes it difficult to obtain and keep jobs. Children and adults with hearing impairment are often socially stigmatized and isolated.
Deafness and Hearing Impairment
Posted on 29th March, by admin in All Blog Posts, Facts and Figures, Hearing Loss. No Comments
In 2004, more than 275 million people around the world had moderate-to-profound hearing hearing impairment. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of those people lived in low- and middle-income countries. Hearing impairment refers to the partial and/or complete loss of the ability to hear.
Back to Nigeria
Posted on 21st February, by admin in All Blog Posts, Nigeria. No Comments
Dr. Green returned to Nigeria in October 2011 to train surgeons, perform ear surgeries and follow up with some of his former patients. He and former missionary Dr. Joel Anthis, of Katy, TX, performed ear surgeries (primarily stapendectomies and tympanoplasties with or without mastoidectomies) in Jos, Nigeria. Dr. Anthis also performed a few non-ear surgeries including endoscopic sinus surgery, laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy and the removal of a foreign body in the lung. Dr. Green and Dr. Anthis performed approximately 13 procedures.