Ear Nose Throat (ENT) disorders in Government Schools of Far-Western Nepal

  • Anup Acharya Lumbini Medical College
  • Madan Mohan Singh Lumbini Medical College
  • Arati Shrestha Lumbini Medical College
  • Bandana Pokharel Lumbini Medical College

Abstract

Background: ENT disorders specially hearing impairment negatively impacts students’ development of academic, language and social skills. If left undiagnosed, these conditions may result in significant irreversible damage such as varying degree of hearing loss that can affect the social or professional performance of the individuals in later stages of life. Students going to government school in our country generally come from under privileged society. We investigated the occurrence of ENT diseases among various government school students in Kailali district.

Methods: Nine government school of Kailai district were chosen at random. All students of those school present on the day of examination went routine ENT examinations. Brief history, if any, was recorded and findings were noted. The study was done throughout the month of September, 2013.

Results: There were a total of 2256 students enrolled in the study. There were 1126 male and 1130 female students. Mean age of the students was 9.88 years. Forty One percent of students had ENT problems. Ear wax was the most common (17%) findings followed by suppurative ear diseases, otittis media with effusion as so on in decreasing frequency.

Conclusions: ENT diseases and specially ear diseases are important health problems among school children of Nepal. Regular school health services, screening program, public awareness, improvement of socioeconomic status, timely referral to a specialist doctor can help to reduce the disease-related burden.

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Author Biographies

Anup Acharya, Lumbini Medical College

Lecturer

Department of ENT Head & Neck Surgery

Madan Mohan Singh, Lumbini Medical College

Associate Professor and Head

Department of ENT Head & Neck Surgery

Arati Shrestha, Lumbini Medical College

Medical Officer

Department of ENT Head & Neck Surgery

Bandana Pokharel, Lumbini Medical College

Lecturer

College of Nursing

Lumbini Medical College

Published
2013-12-30
How to Cite
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Acharya A, Singh M, Shrestha A, Pokharel B. Ear Nose Throat (ENT) disorders in Government Schools of Far-Western Nepal. J Lumbini Med Coll [Internet]. 30Dec.2013 [cited 17Apr.2024];1(2):83 -85. Available from: https://jlmc.edu.np/index.php/JLMC/article/view/27
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Original Research Article