Eye Health Committee steps up efforts to curtail childhood blindness in Osun

Frightened by the spate of tendencies of turning blind amongst youngsters in Osun State, The Osun State Eye Health Committee has intensified efforts in tackling the scenario to assist youngsters defend their eyes and have good sight.

As a part of its deliberate efforts to obtain this, the committee, in collaboration with a group primarily based non revenue group, Neighborhood Development Initiative for Self Reliance (CAI4SR) took eye well being outreach to numerous rural communities throughout the state.

The committee contains of well being staff together with medical medical doctors drawn from the state ministry of well being, training specialists chosen from the State Common Fundamental Schooling Board (SUBEB) and different stakeholders picked from completely different walks of life.

On the palace of Aragbiji of Aragbiji, Oba AbdulRasheed Olabomi, the committee spent a complete day attending to youngsters from Iragbiji and its neighboring communities. Additionally, some aged individuals took benefit to the attention well being outreach to deal with their eyes, get remedy whereas these with extreme circumstances had been referred to the state hospital in Osogbo, the state capital.

The Government Director of CAI4SR who can be the implementing associate of the Seeing Is Believing venture in Osun state, Mrs Eni Ayeni mentioned the attention well being outreach was a part of occasions to commemorate the 2019 World Sight Day with the theme: “Vision First”.

She mentioned “This is part of moves to detect eye problems among the school pupils and prevent childhood blindness. We are doing this with the support of ChristoffelBlinden Mission (CBM ) UK under the flagship programme of Standard Chartered Bank, Seeing is Believing (SiB). At least, we have conducted eye screening for 159,487 school pupils and distributed over 1,500 free spectacles to children in Osun state”

She added that in order to guarantee immediate eye remedy in Osun State, low imaginative and prescient gadgets price 10 million Naira had been offered for the State Specialist hospital Asubiaro in Osogbo and Our Girl of Lourdes Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu that are the 2 focal secondary amenities for the venture in the state.

She mentioned, “In this programme, we have trained over 551 teachers across elementary and middle schools, 110 traditional birth attendants (TBA), 55 general nurses and mid-wives and 221 Community Health Extension Workers on child eye health across the 30 local government areas. We also trained three optometrist and three ophthalmic nurses on Low Vision and child eye health. We also ensured the inclusion of eye health in the harmonized strategic health plan of the Ministry of Health”.

We actually have critical work to do as a result of there are numerous youngsters in the exhausting to attain communities in the state that we’re but to attain. Many of the critical circumstances are hidden in such communities.

“I name on the state authorities, well-to-do members of society and donors to assist us. CAI4SR has the capability to implement extra of such initiatives to different states. SiB venture is a venture to be replicated,” Ayeni mentioned.

The beneficiaries of the free eye remedy in Aragbiji and its environ expressed their gratitude to the state authorities, the committee, CAI4SR, CBM and SiB for the the gesture.

Talking on behalf of the folks, the Aragbiji, Oba AbdulRasheed Olabomi counseled the state Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola for the proactive measure to curtail blindness amongst youngsters in the state.

The monarch additionally lauded the companions who’re working collectively to make sure that youngsters in the state have good sight to have the option to go to faculty, study, develop into educated and fulfill their potential in life.

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