Australian and New Zealand ENT and Audiology experts have been meeting this spring with their counterparts from 6 Pacific Islands to help develop a plan to tackle an alarming regional shortage in hearing health equipment and workforce.
March and April meetings in Nadi, Fiji, were convened by PENTAG, the 3rd Pacific Ear, Nose, Throat and Audiology Group, representing six Pacific Island countries where a high number of related cases has stretched resources to the limit. In Fiji, around 9.6% of the population is living with hearing impairment. ENT specialist Dr. Oh Chungyeon reported that this country alone recorded over four thousand ENT cases in the past year, 276 of them requiring surgery, although with no clinics in many densely populated areas, the real figure is expected to be higher.
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