The Kemi Remi-Dairo Foundation has urged members of the public to report those polluting the environment with noise to the appropriate authorities.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mrs Kemi Remi-Dairo, at an awareness campaign tagged, ‘Walk for hearing 2020’, which was held recently in Lagos, said people exposed to air pollution were at the danger of suffering hearing loss.
Explaining why the campaign was organised, Remi-Dairo said, “The purpose was to create awareness of hearing loss and noise pollution. Based on the kind of environment we live, there is noise pollution everywhere and people experience it every day. In the long run, it leads to hearing loss.
“I was once a victim of noise pollution, which later affected my hearing ability. Based on this, I want to urge people to report pollutants around them. When people suffer hearing loss, it is always expensive to get the condition rectified. “The solution is to get an implant and it is very expensive. The only way to avoid hearing loss is to stay away from noise pollution.”
Warning that prevention is better than cure, she also urged Nigerians to engage in constant ear checkups.
We are working with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that people stop the habit of disturbing others with noise from their loudspeakers, generators and other gadgets.
“We are also soliciting to the government and private individuals to come to the aid of those who have suffered hearing loss by providing hearing aids to those who are partially deaf and if possible, do surgeries for people that need implants,” she added.
In his address, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said, “Noise is a pollutant and it is not good for our health. Unfortunately, some people are falling prey and we can’t abandon them. That is why the agency is partnering organisations like Kemi Remi-Dairo Foundation to tackle air pollution in Lagos State.”