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194 get free ear, nose and throat medical consultations

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194 get free ear, nose and throat medical consultations



MASVINGO – Some 194 people from all over the province were at Masvingo Provincial Hospital on Saturday and Sunday where they got free ear, nose and throat (ENT) medical examinations.
They also received free medication from WizEar, an NGO that organised the ENT camp while 74 are going to get free hearing aids.
Dr Ruvimbo Nzvenge, an ENT specialist with WizEar said the camp was held in Masvingo because there is no ENT specialist in the province and patients travel to Harare and Bulawayo for such services.
Some of the services offered at the ENT camp included otology screening, ear cleaning, hearing loss tests, issuing of boric acid, ciprofloxacin ear drops and hearing aid which will be delivered to patients after being sourced.
WizEar is an organisation formed in 2008 to offer otology services, infrastructure development at medical facilities, training of health staff and advocacy. The WizEar program is running courtesy of a three-year partnership deal with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and German Cooperation (Deutsche Zusammenarbeit) running from 2020 to 2023.

WizEar programs officer Allan Musemani confirmed that there were 194 patients attended to at the weekend.
He said that WizEar also does camps at Ndanga Hospital in Zaka, Chiredzi District Hospital, Mpilo UBH in Bulawayo, at Gwanda Provincial Hospital, Mapisa Hospital in Matobo, Filabusi District Hospital in Insiza, Victoria Chitepo Hospital in Manicaland, Murambinda Mission Hospital, Chipinge District Hospital and other provinces as Mashonaland Central.
“ENT services must be decentralised because the people most in need of them are those who cannot afford them,” Said Dr Nzvenge.
Masvingo Provincial Hospital sister in charge Edith Mutsikane said they have a working relationship with WizEar and all of the hospital’s ENT patients who had been booked for consultations received help.
One of the beneficiaries of the program and a pastor with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Josias Maundukire told The Mirror that he had been referred to Harare to seek treatment of his ears.

“I am grateful to the Wiz ear team because I was referred to Harare for treatment. Their service and conduct is professional and I pray they continue offering these services,” said Maundukire.

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