Progress Made As Uganda Starts Cochlear Implant Surgeries

Medel’s Africa Development and Regional Manager, Mohamed El Disouky Medel’s Africa Development and Regional Manager, Mohamed El Disouky

Uganda has made advancement in the medical sector after Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre (KASC) and International Hospital Kampala (IHK) successfully conducted Medel Cochlear implant surgeries, a team announced at a joint press conference held Wednesday at IHK.

The successful round of six Medel Cochlear Implant surgeries are intended provide sound detection and auditory perception for pre or post lingual deaf children who do not obtain functional benefit from conventional listening assistive devices.

The surgeries were performed by a team of local and external surgeons between from 22nd to 25th July 2019. Medel is an Austrian based global manufacturer and distributor of Cochlear Implants.

Dr. Michael Olingi, the Medical Director International Hospital Kampala said the medical breakthrough demonstrates how the Namuwongo-based hospital has made it possible through technology investments. He said IHK is constantly improving health standards in the country and wants to ensure that people in Uganda get treatment within the country.

The General Manager Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre Kenneth K. said they are looking at the prospect of knowledge transfer so that local surgeons can comprehensively conduct the surgeons here in Uganda.

Fiona Kamya, an Audiologist at Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre, said that the Mendel implants are on the high end of technology and will replace other systems they have been using.

“Medel has given us implants on a fair price and they have trained us at no fee.  They are bringing us international surgeons and solutions that will be useful to private hearing impairment,” Kamya told a press conference at IHK.

Medel’s Africa Development and Regional Manager, Mohamed El Disouky, explained that rehabilitation is an important aspect in ensuring that patients who have operated adapt to their new experiences. He said they are considering all these when training Ugandans.

In Uganda at Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre, Medel, according to El Disouky and Kampala Audiology and Speech Centre, are training surgeons, speech therapists, audiologists and radiologists. “We want to put everything before we start,” El Disouky said.

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