Specialist recommends accurate diagnosis for treatment of head and neck diseases FeaturedWritten by Nwaorgu Faustinus
Professor Nwaorgu Onyekwere Benjamin, a specialist otorhinolaryngologist in the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, ENT, of the University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, has recommended accurate diagnosis in the treatment of diseases that affect the ear, nose and throat.
Prof. Nwaorgu gave the recommendation in his inaugural lecture with the title, “Steady Neck, Stable Head, and Unobstructed Throat: The Otorhinolaryngologist at work”, delivered at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan on Friday.
According to him, “the treatment modalities for head and neck cancers include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Their successful management depends on accurate diagnosis, tumour stage, and selection of appropriate treatment modality with close post-operative follow-up.”
He identified late disease presentation and acceptance of surgical treatment by patients and their families, initial self-medication, poverty and illiteracy as major challenges confronting the management of the patients.
Prof. Nwaorgu, who is a Senior Lecturer in the foremost university, called for a targeted and well co-ordinated health education and awareness programme for ORL diseases and their prevention at community level, using various media and religious organisations. That, he added, should be pursued with the support of appropriate and relevant agencies.
In recommending the inclusion of therapy for head and neck cancers in the existing National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria, Prof. Nwaorgu said it would likely encourage early presentation to ORL specialist while also reducing default of treatment.
His other recommendations include the establishment of world-class functional centres in Nigeria for the management of head and neck cancers in the six geopolitical zone; the creation of awareness programmes and encouraging immunization against Human Papilloma Virus and other infective agents, steps he argued would go a long way in the prevention of infection, and other agents that may result in neck infections and abscess.
Prof. Nwaorgu had revealed in the course of the lecture attended by academics and specialists in various fields of Medicine, that his preference for the study of Medicine was as a result of frequent illness in his family.
The event which witnessed a large turnout of invitees/guests was graced by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka Idowu, who was however, represented by his deputy, Professor Aiyelari Ambrose.
Also in attendance was the Registrar, Mr. Victor Adegoroye, among other academic and non-academic staff of the university.
Nwaorgu Faustinus reported from Ibadan,Oyo State