•Sponsor women for Goiter surgery
By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Amarachi Chukwudi
The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, has donated the first state-of-the-art Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T) equipment to General Hospital in Odan, Lagos Island.
COWLSO also flagged off free Goitre surgery and distribution of hearing aids to selected women, men and children who were picked after medical screening carried out by the officials of the state.
Wife of Lagos State Governor and COWLSO Chairman, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, who expressed her joy, noted that it was indeed in fulfillment of one of the founding objectives of the group, which is to complement the effort of the state government in catering for the welfare of citizens.
According to her, “The decision to upgrade the E.N.T Department of the hospital with modern equipment and furniture, was borne out of the need for critical intervention to drastically reduce the percentage of people suffering from hearing loss. The new equipment has the capacity not only to detect hearing impairments in adults, but also in children and new-born.
“Our aim in this regard is to ensure that hearing defect does not constitute a limitation to children of school age, as well as adults,” Ambode said.
On the free Giotre surgery, about 30 women were selected for surgeries which include surgery tests and drug administration, while another 30 women were given modern hearing aids.
Besides, Ambode harped on the need for early treatment of infections such as measles, ear infections, complications at birth, low birth weight, ailment during pregnancy, among others, adding that people must also avoid the use of non-prescribed antibiotics and abuse of substance.