National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD)

Tamil Nadu is the first state to pilot and extend the national program throughout the state is a short span of time. It started in 2007-08 when pilot program was launched through rehabilitation department and taken over by NRHM. The pilot districts are Thanjavur, Villupuram and Vellore with extension of first phase to 16 districts and later to the entire state. It is functioning through an established State Nodal Center at Institute of Otolaryngology, Madras Medical College, Chennai and through District Nodal Officer in the revenue districts. All activities are with the approval of program division through PIP. It also planned to take it to the primary health centre level by establishing a weekly clinic and Taluk Hospitals with ENT equipments.

  • District Head Quarters hospitals have been equipped with instruments for investigations and surgery required for Ear diseases.

  • Primary Health Centres have been supplied with basic ENT kit for diagnosing Ear diseases.

  • Nearly 200 ENT surgeons have been trained for ear surgery at the State Nodal Centre – Madras Medical College.

  • Provision has been made for ENT faculty from Medical Colleges to help the ENT surgeon at the corresponding district hospitals while doing surgery.

  • Skill training to Audiometricians has been approved and conducted at the State Nodal Centre , Madras Medical College.

  • Provision has been made to issue Hearing Aid to childrens.

  • Sensitisation programme has been given to Doctors, staff nurse, non medical personnel and primary school teachers.

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