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Society of Otolaryngologists of Nepal
The Society of Otolaryngologists of Nepal (SOL Nepal) is an organization of Otorhinolaryngologists. It was established on 6 June, 1998 (26 Chaitra, 2054) in the Chief District Officer (CDO) office, Kathmandu with the registration number: 728/054/55. Since then, all ENT related health professionals have this organization as a platform to discuss and plan in an organized way to provide quality ENT and Head & Neck services to the people of Nepal. Till may 2012, SOL Nepal has 80 life members, 4 Honorary Members, 3 Foreign Members and 9 Associate Life Members.
The society has been organizing regular CME programmes so that all members of the society can become updated in their field. Apart from CME Programmes, SOL Nepal is organizing National, Regional and International Conferences which help the members to share the experiences and knowledge with the international faculties as well.
The Society strongly believes in quality care in ENT and Head & Neck Surgery. It is involved in decision making with regard to quality ENT care. SOL Nepal has recently started publication of its own official journal.
The concept of forming a society of ENT specialists of Nepal was started in 1997, during an informal gathering at Dr. Som Nath Aryal's residence, who then was consultant ENT surgeon working at Bir Hospital. Prof. R.C.M. Amatya, Prof. Bimal Sinha, Dr. Y.B. Bhandari, Dr. R.K. Singh, Dr. Madhav Dahal, Prof. D.K. Baskota, Dr. Gopal Gyanwali and Prof. Rajendra Guragain were present in the meeting. Prof. Bimal Sinha took the responsibility of preparing the constitution of the society. A rough draft was prepared and a series of discussions and meetings were held and necessary corrections made when & wherever required. Dr. L.R. Malla, Dr. G.B. Thapa, Dr. Anil Jha, Prof. Hari Bhattarai, Dr. Y.B. Bhandari, Dr. R.K. Singh and Prof. Rajendra Guragain contributed significantly in the series of discussions to finalise the draft. Finally, a draft of the constitution was prepared and an ad hoc executive committee with Prof. R.C.M. Amatya as the first president and Dr. S.N. Aryal as the first vice president was formed. But the registration of the society at the CDO office was somehow delayed for nearly one year due to various reasons. Finally, it was registered at the CDO office in Kathmandu in 1998 (Reg.No.: 728/054/55; PAN number: 301761480).
The first election for the executive committee was held on 31 Oct 1998 (14 Kartik, 2055). Since then, the subsequent elections for the executive committee were held regularly on 14 Kartik 2055, 4 Falgun 2057, 11 Magh 2059 and 19 Mangsir 2063. The executive committees were elected unanimously in all the elections.
Second SAARC ENT Congress 2000
The decision to host the second SAARC ENT congress was in fact taken even before the executive body of SOL Nepal was officially formed. Prof. Rakesh Prasad and Prof. Hari Bhattarai played a significant role in bringing the congress to Nepal. The decision was taken at a meeting held at T.U. Teaching Hospital under the chairmanship of Dr. L.N. Prasad, the first ENT surgeon of Nepal. An organizing committee was then formed.
The second SAARC ENT congress was held at the Birendra International Convention Centre from May 24 to 27, 2000. The conference was inagurated by Her Late Majesty Queen Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah who was accompanied by Late Crown Prince Deependra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. One of the key attractions of the inaugural function was the honor given to Dr. L.H. Hiranandani from India as the Surgeon of the Millenium. The theme of the congress was “Extending ENT Services to the Community.” The conference was a grand success and is still fondly remembered by all the participants.
7th SAARC ENT Congress 2011
Theme : “Future ENT Head and Neck Surgery in developing countries”
7th SAARC ENT Congress was held at Army Officer’s club Kathmandu from 25-27 may 2011. The Conference was inaugurated by honorable President of the Republic of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. The organizing committee was led by Prof. Bimal Kumar Sinha. Guest oration was deliver by Prof. Mohan Kameshwaran (India) .
In the 7th SAARC ENT Congress all together 3 key note address, 8 panel discussion, 50 guest Lecture, 86 free papers and 24 posters were presented.
The congress was attended by 415 delegates from around the globe and it was a grand success.
First National Conference1999
The 1st National conference was held in Kathmandu on 9 April, 1999 (26 Chaitra, 2055). The theme was “Better ENT services in the Next Century”. The Chief guest was Dr. Keshar Jung Rayamajhi, President of Raj Shabha Standing Commiittee.
Second National SOL Conference 2001
Third National SOL Conference 2003
Fourth National SOL Conference 2005
Fifth National SOL conference