JFK Opens Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

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The Management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Friday, May 2, formally opened an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic at the Center. This clinic is to treat ENT illnesses.

The clinic, which will be headed by a specialist from India, will help solve ENT cases that previously had to be flown out of Liberia for treatment because of the lack of facilities and specialists to treat them in Liberia.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of JFK, Dr. Abraham Borbor, said it was a dream come true to see the center once again open at the country’s largest referral center. He said with the limited resources, it is hoped that the head of the clinic will work with what is available and bring relieve to cases related to ENT.

He called on ENT specialist, Dr. Mumtaz Umar, to also consider the transfer of knowledge so that other younger doctors can consider the field in order to bring about effectiveness.

Dr. Borbor urged young Liberian doctors who are willing to learn to engage Dr. Umar, who according to him (Dr. Borbor) has a passion for imparting knowledge.

Dr. Borbor remarks was followed by cutting of the ribbon by the Chief Medical Officer of the JFK Dr. Billy Johnson who lauded the Center for investing additional resources in awake of economic constrains to again open the ENT Center.

He praised the hospital's Deputy for Administration, Ms. Munah Tarpeh, who is also acting General Administrator, for opening the ENT center after nearly 13 years of closure.

What ENT Specialists Do

In addition to graduating from medical school (usually four years), a board certified ENT specialist has completed at least five years of specialty training and passed a certification examination for the American Board of Otolaryngology. ENT specialists are experts in both the medical and surgical management of the following: Conditions of the ear: You may need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor if you have an ear disorder or condition, such as a hearing impairment, ear infections, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or pain in your ear. ENT specialists can also treat congenital disorders of the ear.

Conditions of the nose: ENT specialists often manage and treat problems that affect the nose, nasal cavity, and sinuses. These problems can affect smell, breathing, and physical appearance.

Conditions of the throat: Disorders and conditions that affect the throat can affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing, and digestion. ENT specialists can diagnose, manage, and treat these problems.

ENT is also referred to as Otolaryngology.  Physicians specializing in otolaryngology are called otolaryngologists or by the nickname "ENTs" or "ENT doctors" and often treat children with persistent ear, nose, and throat conditions to include surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an otolaryngologist for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss.

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