Sensorineural deafness in Tanzanian children—Is ototoxicity a significant cause? A pilot study
Ototoxic drugs given to sick infants with “fever”, without weight recording or gentamicin level monitoring, was the probable cause of a third of all severe/profound deafened Zanzibarian children.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Zanzibar have reacted by issuing posters to all health facilities advising hearing testing in all children three months after discharge following “fever” admission.
This is a pilot study and the apparent findings need to be confirmed by a well designed prospective study as soon as possible.