Around 1.2 per cent of the country's total population are suffering from serious hearing problems. To address these, the government should establish more specialised medical facilities, take initiatives for enhancing the physicians' skills through training programmes, and provide financial support for the poor patients, experts said at a programme.
The observations came at the inaugural ceremony of a two-day workshop titled '1st basic to advanced temporal bone dissection workshop 2017' at ENT and Head-Neck Cancer Hospital and Institute in the city's Agargaon area on Sunday.
Finance Minister A M A Muhith inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest, while former caretaker government advisor Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury was the special guest.
Managing director of ENT Research Foundation in India's Chennai Professor Mohan Kameswaran (Padma Shri) spoke on the occasion.
In his speech, A M A Muhith praised the authorities concerned for their initiatives to establish such a specialised hospital.
"Dedication for any initiatives, whether it is small or big, is essential for achieving success."
He also expressed satisfaction over his present health condition and regular activities in public service for six decades.
"Everyone is not fortunate to serve mankind equally," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Otolaryngology Department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof. Md. Kamrul Hassan Tarafder said nearly nine per cent of the country's total population need hearing aid.
He, however, said the country's healthcare services lack required facilities for treatment of various complexities.
Mentioning that millions of local children suffer from hearing problems, Professor Mohan Kameswaran said: "If these problems are not addressed properly right now, their sufferings will multiply after a decade."
Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury urged the government for increasing assistance to establish more facilities related to ENT treatment in the country.
Earlier, the finance minister inaugurated Prof. M Alauddin Surgical Skill Lab on the hospital's second floor. Established in 2009 at Agargaon, the non-profit hospital provides healthcare services related to ENT complexities as well as head and neck cancers.