Operation Ear Drop Kenya (OED-K) in collaboration with our sister organization Stitching Operation Ear Drop in Netherlands, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), and The University of Nairobi (UON) opened first ever Ear Training Laboratory. The laboratory that is located at KNH, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic is one of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa for training of ENT surgeons. The establishment of the facility has been supported by Stitching Operation Ear Drop of Netherlands at a cost of about Kshs. 24 million. The facility is equipped with six wall microscopes and dissection instruments with side viewers which makes them ideal for teaching.
While officially handing over the laboratory on 24th November 2015, the Dutch Ambassador to Kenya H.E Frans Makken noted that ears are important part of the body that not only contribute to hearing but also maintains the body balance. He added that people with hearing disability are disadvantaged in communication and are highly exposed to accident risks. “This silent disability can have far-reaching implications especially for children because it hinders the development of language” said H.E Frans Makken.
Dr. Chimmy Omamo-Olende, Chairperson Operation Ear Drop Kenya noted that the Laboratory will improve the quality of ear care in both KNH and County hospitals especially on the newly introduced Advanced Temporal Bone Course which is a ear surgery training for ENT surgeons.
Prof. Gerrit Jan Hordijk, representative Stitching Operation Ear Drop in Netherlands noted that they will continue to work together with OED-K to improve the quality of healthcare and in training of ENT specialists. Prof. Gerrit Jan Hordijk installed the microscopes on 28th October 2015 at KNH-ENT laboratory.
Mrs. Lily Koros Tare, KNH CEO thanked the Operation Ear Drop Kenya and Stitching Operation Ear Drop in Netherlands for the donation and their continued support to ENT training. She added that the support will improve doctors’ skills and clinical outcome for the ENT patients.