Meir Sheetrit getting vocal chord check up 370.
(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
As “parliament” comes from the word for “speak,” MKs naturally are at higher
risk for problems with their voices.
Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer
on Wednesday sent 10 doctors, clinical communications specialists, nurses and
secretaries from its voice lab to the Knesset to examine lawmakers’ vocal
Dozens of parliamentarians came to be checked for World Voice Day
(marked abroad on April 13 with the theme “Connect With Your
Prof. Michael Wolf, head of the otolaryngology and head and neck
surgery department, conducted checks with his colleagues.
Veteran MK Meir
Sheetrit, who was the first to be examined, said he has been in the Knesset for
30 years and had never before received information about protecting his
“The voice is our work tool, and its important that you came here
to do examinations. I call on the public and my colleagues to get
examined. Overuse of the vocal cords and exposure to smoke can lead to
polyps and tumors. A previous MK, Benny Elon, has recovered from throat cancer,”
MK Nitzan Horowitz also praised the initiative and was
pleased to be informed that his throat was healthy.
Wolf said he and his
team went to the Knesset to raise public awareness of the issue.
addition to early detection of disease, experts can also give advice about voice
development to put less strain on the vocal cords and sound better.
MKs who were checked were Ahmed Tibi, Eitan Cabel, Nissim Ze’ev, Elazar Stern,
Amnon Cohen, Nachman Shai, Ronen Hoffman, Ophir Akunis and Haneen
Cabel said that “what is good for my car every 30,0000 kilometer
is good for me too. I always try to get medical examinations. Every year, I go
to Sheba for executive checkups.
“It’s important to prevent things and
treat them in time,” he added.