(ZIZ News) — The Global Faith Alliance’s Health Mission continued on Wednesday with a free ear, nose, and throat clinic.
ZIZ News spoke with ear nose and throat specialist Dr. Selena Heman-Ackah who outlined the services offered at the hour-long clinic.
“Today is an ear clinic so we’ll be doing ear examinations, ear cleaning if necessary and diagnostics…anyone who has concerns or questions regarding their ears or hearing, a history of ear infections or any concerns,” she said.
According to Dr. Heman-Ackah, as diabetes affects the ears, the clinic gave persons the opportunity to have their ears examined.
“I know here in St. Kitts, diabetes is pretty prevalent and one of the first presentations of diabetes often is hearing loss so hearing screening is an opportunity as well. Also individuals with diabetes tend to have higher rates of infections—external ear infections, or middle ear infections,” she said.
The doctor says the Global Faith Alliance has several other activities planned as part of their mission in the federation.
In outlining upcoming events Dr Heman-Ackah said “For the remainder of the week, mainly educational activities so teaching about common ear disorders, vestibular disorders, getting to know the hospital and the system here and differences between the United States versus this hospital. Assisting with some of the quality assurance issues as well which is an area of interest and expertise of mine.”
For the past five years the Global Faith Alliance in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has hosted training and certification programmes for medical staff across the federation.